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Invest Turks and Caicos attends Marketing and Small Business Development Conferences

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#Providenciales, September 26, 2019 – Turks and Caicos –Invest Turks and Caicos (Invest TCI) is pleased to announce the Agency’s participation in the City Nation Place Latin America and Caribbean Conference (CNP) and the 39th Annual America’s Small Business Development Conference (SBDC).

The CNP conference took place September 2-3, in San Jose Costa Rica, perhaps one of the most successful nation brands in the region.  The conference provided a high-level forum for government teams and place marketing organizations to explore successful strategies for tourism and economic development.

Delegates who attended the conference left the event with an improved understanding of how a collaborative approach to place branding can drive economic success – engaging civic pride, attracting talent, providing a more sustainable approach to tourism development, building international reputation, and attracting investment.

Attending on behalf of Invest TCI was Vice President of Marketing and Promotion, Trina Adams-Smith. Mrs. Adams-Smith commented, “CNP was indeed an educational and informative conference. There were many takeaways from this conference, what stood out were the sessions highlighting the need for collaborative place branding to drive economic success for a country. The private and public organizations in the Turks and Caicos Islands can benefit from this school of thought and improve on collaborating its international marketing efforts to build a successful country brand promoting the Turks and Caicos Islands as a prime destination whether for Tourism, Foreign Direct  Investment or as a destination to live and work.”

The Agency also participated in the 39th Annual America’s SBDC Conference which took place September 3-6, 2019, in Long Beach, California, at the Long Beach Convention Center. The conference attracted 1,300+ SBDC professionals from all over the nation. Advisors, trainers and directors came together for professional development and networking.

The passion for small business could be seen in the 140+ workshops that overflowed into the hallways, and in the exhibit hall where attendees eagerly mingled with each other and the trade show exhibitors, seeking the latest information on products and services that can ensure the success of their small business clients.  The theme of this year’s conference was “Exchange & Experience.”

Attending on behalf of Invest TCI was Alexa Cooper Grant, Vice President of Small Medium Enterprise Development. Mrs. Cooper Grant commented, “This year marks the third year attending the America’s SBDC Conference and each year the experience has been different. This year, not only was I exposed to the latest industry trends and best practices for small business development during the various breakout and networking sessions, but I was also able to complete a two-day intense Certification  course in “Mastering Strategy” Strategic Management Performance System(SMPS) offered by LBL Strategies in conjunction with The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. This course was designed for SBDC professionals to develop strategic management competencies and utilizing various strategic tools to help clients succeed. In this hands-on, intensive program, participants had direct access to strategy management experts and forums for peer discussion as they earn a certification in strategy management from the University.

For updates on these conferences and other events, visit our website at www.investturksandcaicos.tc or our social media pages at @investtci.

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PDM Party announces date for Official Launch of All Island Candidates

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#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2024 – National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Movement, Ezra Taylor on Friday March 1 announced that “During this crucial time in our country, our people need leadership that will address the needs of our country. The People’s Democratic Movement is ready willing and able under the proven, caring, and trusted leadership of the Hon. Edwin Astwood, assisted by a dynamic group of candidates, who together, will forge a future where Turks and Caicos Islanders will feel safe, and be true beneficiaries of the resources of our economy.”

The PDM informed: after an extensive exercise conducted by the People’s Democratic Movement and much anticipation by the electorate, we are pleased to announce to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands that an official launch of our All-Island candidates will take place on March 22, 2024, at 7:30pm, venue to be announced.

Secondly, the official launch of our constituency candidates will take place during the month of April 2024. The people of the Turks and Caicos Islands will be able to witness the launch of our candidates via The People’s Democratic Movement’s various social media platforms, and in person

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Another Poor Judgment by Premier Misick, says Sean Astwood

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#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2024 – Sean Astwood, former Deputy Premier says with the firing of E. Jay Saunders, the Deputy Premier and MoF, current Premier Charles Washington Misick has put himself in another compromising position.

With an ongoing investigation before the Integrity Commission alleging a serious conflict of interest for a Gaming Amendment Bill, brought to the HOA by the Premier, when Gaming Commission fell under the Former Minister of Finance, the choice of the Premier to make himself the Minister of Gaming is troubling. The Gaming Commission falls under the Ministry of Finance and will undoubtedly receive directives from its Minister who now, conveniently, is the Premier.

I am extremely concerned as to what directives the Premier will be issuing to staff of the Gaming Commission that could potentially interfere with the ongoing Integrity Commission investigation. With seven other ministers as a part of his ministerial team and the ability to appoint a new minister to replace his former deputy, the Premier should have used better judgment and select a different ministry to oversee or continue to oversee none at all, as he has been doing for the past three years. It is now even more important for the Integrity Commission and the Governor to pay closer attention to the Gaming Commission and conduct a full review of that body since its inception to date.

This cannot be an oversight by a Premier who has been involved in politics for decades. The consistent poor judgement by this current Premier is both disappointing and disturbing and should have every voter wondering if he truly came for this “wuk” or did he just comeback for something else, as many believe.

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“Move on” from the PNP says PDM National Chairman Taylor 

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2024 – “There is obviously a great deal of internal conflicts going on within the PNP party,” says Ezra Taylor, PDM Party National Chairman in a new open letter following leadership challenges and changes affecting the Progressive National Party, PNP in the aftermath of a spirited National General Council (NGC) meeting.

In the February 27 letter, Taylor speculated on why there were so many hands vying for top spot of the PNP.

“There can be no doubt after this past weekend that there are large and different factions within the PNP party that are dissatisfied with the Hon. Misick’s leadership and are seeking a change in direction and leadership is a straight up power struggle. Three different members of his party challenged him inclusive of the most recent past Campaign Chairman and his current deputy leader.  This is an indictment on his leadership or the lack thereof,” Taylor maintained.

The PDM executive maintained that it does not bode well for Misick’s chances at the polls in upcoming elections.

“A challenge with such large support this close to the general elections also indicates that there are many members and supporters of the PNP who do not believe that Hon Misick can take the PNP successfully through the next general elections.”

Taylor echoed sentiments shared by other residents speculating that the leadership challenge was just a symptom of much larger cracks in the party.

“How will they function / govern moving forward with the hatred and mistrust that they all are feeling for each other?  With the challenges facing our people and our country, we the people cannot allow this Washington Misick led government to be re-elected,” Taylor maintained.

He also had his own suggestions  about what could have caused the rift,

“The challenge may indicate underlying tensions or disagreements within the party, some say over leadership styles others say over certain actions Premier Misick has taken like the Write off for Provo Water Company that seemingly was the major issue between Premier Misick and Hon. Akierra Missick that resulted in her abrupt firing as a Minister.  Now to more recently the move to quickly passing the Gaming Bills in the Deputy Premier’s absence noting that those bills fell directly under the remit of the Hon Saunders.  We are also understanding that there are also serious tensions in the PNP’s camp over the airport deal and who will be the one/s eventually benefiting from it.  Speculation is that this tension has been the main reason the process has been moving so slowly.”

None of these reasons have been substantiated publicly.

Taylor maintains that ‘for the perseveration of our people and country we must move on from this Government.’

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