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The Turks and Caicos Islands Government Undertakes a National Population Policy

#Providenciales, August 17, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government, through the Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services is pleased to announce the commencement of a consultancy for the development of a National Population Policy.

In April of this year, Kairi Consultants Ltd, of Trinidad and Tobago, was contracted to undertake this initiative. The policy will direct the actions to be taken explicitly and implicitly by the relevant authorities in order to predict, delay and manage imbalances between demographic changes alongside the social, economic, environmental and political objectives of the Government by contributing to the sustainable development of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the eradication of poverty; increased and improved availability and accessibility of high quality social services; the attainment of gender equity, equality, women empowerment, social justice, youth development and development for all individuals; harmonious interrelationships between population, resource utilization and the environment; and development of the education, skills development and the job placement of citizens.

In commenting the Minister of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour, and Employment Service Hon. Vaden Williams stated “that an effective population policy is critical in its own right for maximizing the positive outcome for all Turks & Caicos Islands citizens and the long term development efforts that will guide our country’s growth. I am pleased that the consultants are meeting with various stakeholders from the length and breadth of the islands and on their return they will be able to meet and address the general public with their questions and concerns.”

In commencement of its work, Kairi Consultants Ltd, this week, met with key Government stakeholders including Government ministers, representatives of ministries, Government agencies, the Leader of the Opposition and members of PNP, and external stakeholders including the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism, Fortis TCI and the Chamber of Commerce. This is the first round of meetings and the consultants will be engaging other members of the public to help inform their work.

Release: TCIG

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