#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2021 – The Ministry of Tourism wishes to update the travelling public of the CDC guideline of Acceptable Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination. In accordance with the guideline, all residents must show proof of Vaccination E-Certificate prior to entry, either in print or on digital display for verification. Failure to present E-Certificate will result in denial of boarding etchings.
The QR code on the E-Vaccination Certificate contains information confirming your credentials was generated from an immunization record in an official database and is protected from tampering. These credentials include date of birth, vaccination dates and type of vaccine administered. T hus, If your vaccination card does not have your date of birth or other identifying besides your name you may be barred from boarding.
The Ministry of Tourism advises all residents to apply to the Ministry of Health, well in advance of travel, to permit receipt of your E-Certificate. Residents can contact the Ministry of Health via email email@example.com or call the COVID-19 hotline (232-9444 or 333-0911) to check on the status of their certificate, update their contact details or speak to a support person.
This is in conjunction to the United States entry requirement that took effect on November 8th, 2021. Which the U.S policy states that all non-US citizens who are non-immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa), over the age of 18 must show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to entry; this is in addition to the testing requirement currently in place – which requires travelers to produce a negative COVID-19 test result within three days of travel.
The public is encouraged to take every measure to be protected against COVID-19 and to adhere to the recommendations by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health continues to provide and administer COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible persons, those who are eligible are strongly encouraged to consider being vaccinated.
There are limited exceptions to the entry requirements, travelers are encouraged to visit the CDC website where full details and further information regarding entry requirements can be found:
Constitutional Meetings in TCI coming in October
#TurksandCaicos, September 24, 2023 – The Government expects to amend the Turks and Caicos Constitution this legislative year. In a follow-up to the opening of parliament on September 14th, the Government shared a list of the legislative changes they expected to see before the House of Assembly this parliamentary year. Included in that list was a Constitution Amendment Order.
The last time a constitutional order passed regarding the Turks and Caicos was in 2011 during the UK government takeover.
The UK and Turks and Caicos are already working to update the document to give the local Government more operating power. The country has hired Jeffery Jowell to consult on the updates but no communication on what those might look like has yet come from TCIG.
With bipartisan support, Washington Misick, TCI Premier, is decisive in what he wants from the new document.
“As we decisively demonstrate our capacity to govern with competence and integrity, the UK must recognize, accept and endorse that we have the authority over domestic affairs. We are not asking- we’ve paid our price,” he said in the 2023 State of the State Address.
An upcoming meeting on the constitution between the UK and TCI is set for next month.
Bahamas Development Bank to Bridge Global Funding and National Development
Nassau Bahamas, 18 September 2023- The Finance in Common Summit recently held in Colombia gathered national development banks (NDBs), including The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB), and emphasized the major role they play as a link between international and domestic finance related to project development financing and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) lending.
The event noted that $4-5 trillion is needed annually for the sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be accomplished globally, private finance will be key to sustainable, inclusive development and NBDs can lead in de-risking and structuring opportunities that are attractive to private financiers. It also stressed that the global focus on SDGs related to factors such as inclusion, climate and gender must consider the unique needs of small island developing states (SIDS) such as The Bahamas.
The Bahamas Development Bank’s Manager of Strategic Development and Initiatives, Sumayyah Cargill, was invited to speak on a panel organized by the European Investment Climate Reform Facility at the summit alongside representatives from Belize, South Africa, and France. President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Hyginus Leon, delivered the keynote address. During Ms. Cargill’s presentation on the impact of technical assistance, she underscored the importance of a strong NDB to progress national economic and social goals.
BDB has positioned itself as the bridge to channel international funding to meet national needs. The bank’s steady growth has resulted in the implementation of necessary structures and increased its capacity to engage with international funders and lead in both packaging projects and bundling smaller projects to attract private financing.
Ms. Cargill said, “SIDS have unique vulnerabilities. We are tasked with building resiliency for the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change while also trying to lift the standards of living for our people. These challenges can be transformed into opportunities with the right investments. However, weak project implementation capacity and a deficit in bankable projects are holding back growth. A well-functioning development bank is a robust mechanism to execute policy driven projects and channel financing to sustainable development. BDB is rising to that challenge with the support of the international community. In the last four years, we have created new policies and programs, integrated the SDGs into operations and have committed to climate and gender equitable financing. We are confident that we have laid a foundation that will see us become a regional leader in innovative, sustainable financing.”
BDB’s improved structuring and increased capacity has been supported by partners such as the Caribbean Development Bank, Green Climate Funds’ readiness program, United Nations Women and Investment Climate Reform Facility.
Highlighting the bank’s recent unveiling of international financing opportunities for creatives, Ms. Cargill added, “long term relationships with multilaterals can have rebounding impact. From our experience, there is a direct line between technical assistance from multilateral to real opportunities for entrepreneurs.
“BDB has far to go but already has a lot to share in many areas. We recognize how important it is for us to not just act as a channel for funding but for mainstreaming SDGs, climate, and gender equitable principles into the wider economy. As a NDB, we are learning to lead in transmitting the values set at the international level because we are that critical bridge.”
BDB is seeking accreditation as the first national direct access entity for the Green Climate Fund, is the national coordinating authority for Build Bank Better, a joint SDG fund project, is a member of the National Climate Change Committee, and was elected to chair the SDG Technical Committee for Economic Prosperity in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Ms. Cargill underscored, “Well-executed technical assistance is a major driver of BDB’s growth. Likewise, partnerships are core to who we are and we remain open to collaborating on solutions to the challenges we face, and to do mutually-beneficial business. Strengthening The Bahamas Development Bank strengthens The Bahamas.”
The Bahamas Development Bank’s (BDB) Manager of Strategic Development and Initiatives, Sumayyah Cargill, stands third from left. Ms. Cargill was invited to speak on a panel organized by the European Investment Climate Reform Facility at the 4th edition of the Finance in Common Summit.
Carnival cruise port is open to others Cruise ships — Management
The revelation came in a recent town hall meeting held in Grand Turk, with residents, the Government and Carnival officials.
An attendee of the meeting told our news team.
“Contrary to what many residents believe, management advised that Carnival cruise port in Grand Turk is open to all cruise ships on days the berth is available. At any time, other ships can tender in their guests. On what terms, is questionable. No further details were provided on this agreement.”
The Turks and Caicos, as a cruising destination, differs from its neighbors like Jamaica and The Bahamas in that only one major cruise line services the country’s port, courtesy of an exclusivity clause in the Carnival Agreement.
Though Carnival Cruises brings in a significant number of visitors each year (forecast to return to pre-pandemic levels of over 1 million in 2024), residents have queried why other cruise lines aren’t also berthing at the recently extended port.
Not only would the introduction of more cruise lines increase the number of visitors to the Turks and Caicos, but it could also help with filling the empty stretches between ships docking in Grand Turk, giving vendors a more reliable source of income.
The Government had previously indicated a willingness to attract additional Cruise Lines to the capital and was in talks with Carnival Cruise Line about the exclusivity clause on Grand Turk. Washington Misick, TCI Premier, had indicated that negotiations had begun with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
The company now has a detailed breakdown of what to do in Grand Turk on its website from local cuisine to shopping, but the write-up ends with ‘no sailings available.’
We reached out to Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism, to find out exactly how those negotiations were progressing. There has been no reply.
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