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Letter to Editor: Empowerment

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – May 7, 2020 — The opportunity for empowerment is something that all right thinking Turks and Caicos Islanders want for themselves. I believe that in our present environment the demographic that yearns for it the most are a grouping called Millennials.  Given the limited opportunities for empowerment within the TCI, their frustrations are very understandable.  

Imagine graduating in the summer of 2008 and being very hopeful that the sky is the limit and the following takes place over the next decade or so: September 6th 2008, Hurricane Ike devastates the country; September 15th 2008, Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy triggering a global financial crisis and locally stopping the financing the West Caicos Molasses Reef Project; 2009 Commission of Inquiry; August 14th, 2009 Suspension of the Country’s Constitution; 2009-2012 Interim Government; 2012-2016 a PNP Government; 2016-Present a PDM Government.

Now your 28 years old and no closer to your dreams and folks wonder why you don’t have any faith in political parties. In your formative years, no one has yet to deliver for you!!

In the middle of the word empowerment, is the word power and without power there can be no empowerment. This is what POWER means to me: Possess Our Wealth, Economy, and Resources (P.O.W.E.R).

Possess our Wealth: No sense in crying over spilled milk. When you know better, you must do better. All new industries created must be majority Turks and Caicos Islander owned. If we can’t own it as individuals, the Government should own it in trust for the people of the Turks and Caicos so it’s a benefit to present and future generations.

Possess our Economy: The Industries that currently exist; we must be positioned to run them. Policies and law must be put in place and succession plans enforced immediately. If we have a limited number of persons in the workforce, why not hold a majority of the middle and senior management roles in the Public and Private Sectors?

Possess our Resources: In no uncertain terms, we must return crown land under a ministerial portfolio. This will require constitutional change and a referendum. Land ownership is the greatest tool for empowerment outside of finance!

I hope to be given the opportunity to be a part of the team that truly gives POWER to the People.

Stay Blessed and Safe TCI, Jamell Robinson, PNP At Large Candidate

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TCI Cabinet hears NHIP Change Management Plan in Meeting held April 24, 2024  

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam chaired the 12th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday April 24, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members were present with the exception of the Ministers of Education, Tourism, Border Control and Public Safety who were away from the islands on official duties.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Received a presentation from the National Health Insurance Plan Consultants on the organizations Change Management Program.
  2. Noted an information paper on the work of the Economic Substance Consultancy which was undertaken to provide services to the Financial Transactions Information Exchange Unit (FTIE) in regard to the previous blacklisting of the Turks and Caicos Islands which has since the engagement of this consultancy been reversed.
  3. Approved the reinstatement of the Grand Lucayan MOU for an additional six months from the execution date of the previously approved MOU.
  4. Approved the settlement of a Claim Against Government in line with a ruling of the Court.
  5. Approved the grant of a license for the beach nourishment and installation of four groins lying seaward of parcels 60703/253-263, 330, 331-342 situated at Cheshire Hall for the protection of the shoreline of the said parcels.

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.

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Gilbert Selver matter makes TCI Cabinet agenda in June 12 meeting

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam chaired the 19th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday June 12th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Grand Turk.  All members of Cabinet were present.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Approved a remission/exemption of stamp duty in respect of real property purchased by the National Insurance Board.
  2. Agreed to advise the Governor to approve the Planning Application GT 5281 in line with Section 39 (2) of the Physical Planning Ordinance 2021.
  3. Granted approval of the Chief Justice General Power to Make Rules to Court Ordinance 2022 and for the same to be submitted to the House of Assembly.
  4. Granted approval for various negotiations to be undertaken in relation to the Gilbert Selver matter.
  5. Granted approval for the Legal Profession (Admission and Other Matters) Procedures Regulations 2024 to be made under the Legal Profession Ordinance to govern the admission of attorneys at the Bar as well as connected purposes.
  6. Granted approval of the Fire Arms (Amendment) Bill 2024 to go to the House of Assembly.
  7. Granted approval for the following persons to be appointed to the Water and Sewerage Board: Permanent Secretary-Ministry responsible for Utilities-Chair, Chief Engineer or delegate-member ex-officio, Chief Environmental Health Officer or delegate-member (ex-officio), Director of Planning or delegate-member (ex-officio), Director of Environment & Coastal Resources or delegate-member (ex-officio), Government Economist or delegate-member (ex-officio) Akeem Missick-private sector-member, Larry Swann-private sector-member for a period of 1 year. It approved the appointment of the Secretary for a period of two (2) years effective 1 July 2024 Shanetta Thompson-Head of Secretariat-Ministry of Public Safety and Utilities.
  8. Approved the Health Professions (Amendment) Bill and Regulations and for the same to proceed to the House of Assembly.
  9. Noted the information paper from the Telecommunications Commissions on the regulatory regime.
  10. Noted the concerns being raised regarding boating services at Heaving Down Rock and identified steps to be taken in relation to this matter.

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.

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Grand Turk Donkeys heading to Jamaica; update in June 5 TCI Cabinet Meeting

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024  – Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam chaired the 18th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday June 5th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of the Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles and the Minister of Public Safety.  Ms. Yaa McCartney attended in the capacity of Acting Attorney General.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Granted approval for the Attorney General’s Chambers to commence settlement negotiations in regard to the outstanding compensation due to the Estate of an individual.
  2. Granted approval for the waiver of Import Customs Duties and all associated warehouses rent on a quantity of roll-off container sanitary tubs.  It also agreed to a review of the tariffs in respect to waste management.
  3. Granted approval for the acquisition through direct purchase of a plot of land at the southeast corner of the Enid Capron Primary school for the expansion of the campus and construction of an eight classroom Early Childhood Development Centre.
  4. Approved the Proposed Amendments to the Economic Substance Legislation, Regulations and Guidance Notes.
  5. Granted approval for Invest TC to enter into negotiations for a Development Agreement with Blue Conch Holdings IV Ltd.  for a branded luxury condo hotel and villa development.
  6. Received an update from the Ministry of Tourism regarding the transport of donkeys from Grand Turk to Jamaica.

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course

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