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Turks & Caicos Islands Government Announces Stimulus Package Including Stamp Duty Reduction

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – The Turks & Caicos Islands Government has approved a full package of benefits that will serve as a direct economic stimulus following the fall out in economic activities across the Islands as a result of the global pandemic – COVID 19. The stimulus package is planned to lessen the impact of the global crisis on residents, whilst allowing the Ministry of Health to strengthen health policy responses.
Included in the stimulus package, as it relates to real estate, are the following initiatives and exemptions fora three-month period to assist with boosting inward investment:

  • Reduction of 50% in Stamp Duty for a period of three months
  • 50% of reduction of planning fees for a period of three months
  • A waiver of Customs Duties on Construction Materials for a period of three months

There will be a review of same after the initial period of April 1 to June 30, 2020.

We are grateful for the past many years of successes and we are hopeful that this will carry our islands through this unprecedented challenge. We are here to assist you and our community, albeit from a distance, as we all “stay at home” to do our part in protecting our community and health care workers.

PRESS RELEASED FROM Joe Zahm, President / Broker | joe@tcsothebysrealty.com | 649.231.6188

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The Ministry of Education welcomes the UNICEF to the Turks and Caicos Islands

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The UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office is continuing its efforts, in collaboration with the UNESCO subregional office for the Caribbean, to support member countries in the transforming Education Agenda.  Dr. Gale Rigobert was hired to conduct consultation in the Overseas Territories. 

The lead consultant, Dr. Gale Rigobert, is no stranger to Education Change in the region.  She will be visiting the islands during the period April 9th to 13th to conduct the Turks and Caicos leg of this project.  While in the Turks and Caicos, she is expected to meet with several groups and stakeholders as well as key Government Officials.

The objectives of the consultation will be to identify country priorities for the transforming Education Agenda and align efforts with regional governance agencies and development partner technical and financial support.

In particular there has been increasing concerns about the extent to which COVID 19 has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities in the education system, thus deepening learning loss and the attendant global learning crisis, with the understanding that the most vulnerable groups experienced the most disproportionate disadvantage. While learning loss and knowledge gaps pre-occupy many, there are other seemingly latent issues that have significant bearing on the learning experiences of students as well.

The above concern motivated a special summit in September 2022 and by extension the transforming education agenda.  The Transforming Education Summit in September sought to renew the global commitment to education as the greatest public good.  It pursues to mobilise ambition, action, solutions and solidarity to deliver on existing commitments, to leverage a reimagining of education to help recover pandemic-related learning losses and revitalise efforts to achieve SDG 4 between now and 2030.

Hon. Rachel Taylor Minister responsible for Education noted that, ‘we are looking forward to the visit of the consultant. Her visit will allow us to gather valuable data on learning loss in TCI and this will assist in the development of initiatives to close those gaps.

Cherylann Jones Permanent Secretary for the Ministry endorsed the sentiments of the Minister and noted that the meetings will also provide an opportunity to discuss other areas of support for the Education Sector of Turks and Caicos and strengthen the existing relationship.

The Opening Ceremony will be held at the Shore Club on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 9:30am.  The consultation aims to give governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), academic institutions, the private sector, and youth representatives an opportunity to share their opinion of education for the future.

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CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH 2024 “BUILDING A HOPEFUL FUTURE, TOGETHER”

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The Department of Social Development and Welfare in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation, and Telecommunications joins the rest of the world in recognizing the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.  During this time, a commitment is made to re-examine strategies to support children and families’ well-being in raising awareness for preventing child abuse and neglect. This year, as we seek to raise awareness and consciousness in protecting and securing the welfare of all children in the TCI and around the world, we join in promoting the theme, “Building A Hopeful Future, Together”. What does this look like? Reaffirming our commitment to collaborating with our partners, stakeholders, and community members to make sure all children and families have the tools and assistance they need to reach their full potential. Acknowledging the vital connection that exists between every child’s safety and reaching a happy and bright future. 

 The Honorable Minister with responsibility for Social Development and Welfare, Honorable Otis Morris remarked, that the theme “Building A Hopeful Future, Together” emphasizes the crucial need of our TCI communities, stakeholders, partners, and well-wishers collaboration in support of our children and families to promote nurturing, stable environments that will ignite the catalyst in preventing child abuse and neglect and build bridges to a prosperous, sustainable future. The month of April is dedicated to raising awareness about child abuse prevention and providing a platform for people to unite in support of the goal that all children have safe and healthy homes to thrive. As the Minister, I am leading the charge in taking a stand against child abuse and neglect and also providing the resources, manpower and sustenance to continue community awareness against child abuse and neglect. I applaud the Department of Social Development and Welfare for the progress they have made in child abuse prevention and for the undying passion they havedisplayed in the fight against child abuse and neglect. As a community, we all have a part to play in preventing child abuse and neglect. Child Abuse is everybody’s business, let us do our part in preventing child abuse and neglect.

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Aggravated Burglary

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The recent aggravated robbery targeting a five-member household is undoubtedly distressing for  both the victims and the community at large.  

Superintendent (Division A) Willet Harvey said, “Around 11:21 pm yesterday (April 14th)  evening, the Police Control Room received a report that four masked males, three of whom were  armed, entered a residence at New Subdivision, Grand Turk, and proceeded to rob the occupants.  The armed suspects managed to flee the scene on foot and escaped. 

“Following the report, officers were dispatched to the scene, conducted extensive searches and  interviewed individuals. Based on the information received, we are actively pursuing several  leads that will lead to arrests in the shortest possible time.  

“The incident highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and proactively safeguarding homes and families. I advise people to enhance their home security by locking doors and  windows when inside, investing in a CCTV system, and ensuring adequate outdoor lighting.  Should you have any information on this burglary or illegal activities in Grand Turk, please call  946-2299. ”  

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime  Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on  illegal activity.  

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share  information. 

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