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Pandemic, War, China, Climate & Food Security make welcome remarks of Regional CDB Governors



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – The 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank opened with in style, becoming the first face-to-face meeting for the CDB since 2019. The opening ceremony was held on Wednesday the 15th of June at the Ritz Carlton and attended by dignitaries across the Caribbean.

Board of Governors member for Guyana, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo spoke on behalf of the Borrowing Member countries warning people not to get lulled into a sense of security or think it was business as usual because covid, shipping delays, and the war in Ukraine were all still factors in play.  He explained that not only was growth down in the borrowing countries, but debt was also up.

“The Caribbean needs the CDB, our bank, more than ever before as we tackle long-standing problems of infrastructure gaps, human capital development, access to basic social services, food security, and climate vulnerability.”

The Borrowing Members of the CDB include:  Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos.

Board of Governors Member for Brazil Roberto Fendt Junior delivered remarks on behalf of the regional non-Borrowing Member Countries reminiscing on what the pandemic taught governments in the region and their admirable efforts at resilience.

“We have learned that on this planet political borders cannot fully protect populations from being impacted and most of all we have learned that trustworthy information, knowledge sharing, and co-operation are key to overcoming man-made crises and natural disasters.”

In this vein, he praised the CDB’s efforts in creating a digital Knowledge Hub which will be a consolidated cloud of data that can be shared between member states. He stressed that in this effort the information should be both trustworthy and timely to avoid missed opportunities.

Mr. Sun Ping of China delivered the remarks virtually on behalf of the international Non Borrowing Member Countries.  He expressed understanding of the difficult position Caribbean countries were in at the moment and maintained that China was ready to work with the bank to see how they could alleviate some of those issues.

“China attaches great importance to bilateral and multilateral cooperation with the Caribbean through trade investment and cultural exchanges, we will spare no efforts to support the CDB in key areas such as regional infrastructure, environmental protection, educational transformation, and pandemic response.”

During the keynote address, President of the CDB Dr. Gene Leon explained what the bank was trying to do in the Caribbean.

“The challenge before us is how best to navigate a safe path from legacy structural weaknesses to transformative development while maintaining debt sustainability, enhancing macroeconomic and financial stability and resilience.”

Leon mentioned several ways the bank planned to tackle this in 2022:

By advancing food and nutrition security,

By advancing energy security,

By advancing water security.

He explained that we are too reliant on overseas food noting that at least 2.7 million people in the English-speaking Caribbean were food insecure. Thus CDB has created a plan to reduce imports of food by 25 percent by 2025 food.  In terms of energy, the CDB says member states are aiming to be 55 percent powered by renewable energy by 2939 at a cost of $ 20 billion.

In terms of water, Leon said they were partnering with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance facility on a Regional Water Utility Insurance company.

By creating access to Access to Adequate and Affordable Finance.  Over the next decade, the Caribbean must drum up over 100 billion dollars in investments to hit all its goals.  He said access to this type of financing would “shape a future where our citizens are able to live quality lives in societies that have embraced digitalization and have robust private sector partnerships with the requisite governmental arrangement to safeguard food and energy security.”

These goals are in line with the region’s aim to become the region of choice to live in and are essential if the Caribbean is to keep up with the rest of the globe.


13th Annual Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament (WCGFT) Check Presentation Ceremony – 5th April, 2023



#TurksandCaicos, April 10, 2024 – We are proud to announce that this year’s proceeds from the 13th WCGFT were presented to 3 youth-oriented organizations: Edward Gartland Youth Centre, TCI Amateur Athletic Association (TCIAAA) and TCI Swimming Federation (TCISF).

The Edward Gartland Youth Centre is a non-profit organization providing a space of learning for the youth of Providenciales with activities ranging from tutoring to sports and recreation, arts and craft and so much more.

TCIAAA and TCISF just represented the Turks & Caicos Islands in the CARIFTA Games in Grenada, 2024. We are proud of their achievements and happy that we could help in time.

The Charities were presented cheques totaling $70,000:

Edward Gartland Youth Centre:          $35,000

TCIAAA:                                            $20,000

TCISF:                                                $15,000

This brings the total donated by the WCGFT and its Sponsors to $530,000. We look forward to giving even more next year.

This concludes this year’s 13th WCGFT Event and Cheque Presentation. We would like to thank our sponsors and organizers who were key in our efforts to give back to the youth of the TCI Community.

We look forward with great anticipation to next year’s event.

Thank you all.


CONTACT: Desmond Williams,, Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament

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Provo Water Company Boosts Water Distribution Infrastructure in Providenciales with Key Improvement Initiatives



PROVIDENCIALES, TCI, APRIL 9, 2024: Provo Water Company (PWC) remains steadfast in its commitment to enhancing the water distribution network in Providenciales by making significant progress on various improvement projects while innovatively addressing short-term distribution challenges.

The company is currently working on two projects to enhance water distribution on Providenciales. The first project will see the installation of a new city water transmission main line from the TCWC Production Plant along June Plum, Gardenia Way, Kakeka Streets, and Garden Loop to the Leeward Highway, extending from the Long Bay Hills Drive junction to the roundabout near Crackpot Kitchen. This pipeline upgrade will provide increased water supply to the network and is expected to be completed by the end of May 2024, enhancing water reliability and ensuring better service for the community.

The second project, which is set to be completed by the end of September 2024, will focus on upgrading the fittings at major water junctions along the Leeward Highway. These improvements to the water supply network’s central artery will increase water flow to the Suzie Turn Reservoir, and enhance water availability and quality for customers located west of Turtle Cove.

These projects not only tackle the current water distribution issues causing nightly restrictions but are also essential components of PWC’s long-term strategy to support the island’s population growth and flourishing tourism industry. In the immediate term, the organization has resourcefully repurposed a newly built water tank located in the Industrial Park area. Originally designated for a future project, the water company has utilized the new tank as an additional source to replenish the Suzie Turn Reservoir, addressing the water supply issues that began in March.

In response to the new development, Managing Director Robert Hall stated, “We are pleased to have found a way to utilize this water tank as a temporary aid in addressing the high-water demand. The activation of this tank reaffirms our commitment to fulfilling the water requirements of our community in response to the growing demands of our customers and stakeholders.”

Situated in the heart of the Industrial Park area, the new tank boasts a capacity of 1.5 million gallons. This tank will work hand in hand with the Suzie Turn Reservoir to meet the water supply needs in the northern and southwestern areas of Providenciales, bridging the gap until ongoing projects deliver a lasting solution.

Once the two current projects have been completed, the new water tank will serve a critical role in a future project and in safeguarding Providenciales with an emergency water supply during crises like hurricanes and other natural disasters.

“This water system investment speaks volumes about our proactive approach to directly addressing water challenges. Through expanding storage capacity and optimizing distribution efficiency, we are well-positioned to deliver reliable, high-quality water services to our customers,” Hall said.

He also added that, amid these efforts, advocating for water conservation practices is crucial. Small actions, such as fixing leaks, using water-efficient fixtures, and practicing mindful water consumption, can play a significant role in safeguarding our valuable water resources.

In addition to these initiatives, the organization will continue to optimize and promote its robust educational campaigns and community engagement programs aimed at raising awareness about water conservation and the importance of sustainable water practices. By empowering individuals with knowledge and tools to make informed choices about water usage, Provo Water Company aims to foster a culture of responsible water stewardship that benefits both the environment and future generations.

“As we move forward, we remain committed to serving our community and look forward to the positive impact that these new initiatives will bring to this island.” Hall concluded.

For additional details about Provo Water Company and its water efficiency and conservation initiatives, visit its website, and social media pages at @ProvoWaterCompany for tips and announcements, or contact our customer service team at


Pic: Provo Water Company’s Managing Director, Robert Hall, and team working to expand water storage capacity to optimize distribution efficiency.

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Saxons Brass Section Thanks CWCO for Continued Commitment



NASSAU, BAHAMAS (April 9th, 2024) Behind the vibrant costumes and electrifying beats of Junkanoo parades are committed members, mentors, and supporters such as Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO). In a heartfelt acknowledgment of years of generous support, the Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited the water supplier to present a plaque of appreciation.

Jeremy Adderley, speaking on behalf of High Voltage Brass, said, “Without CWCO’s support, we would not have had the brass costumes needed to compete and secure our two-straight victory. Their support also helps us as we plan lessons for our young members to enhance their musicianship skills, not just for Junkanoo but for college and beyond.”

Adderley highlighted that the plaque is a token of High Voltage Brass’ immense gratitude for CWCO helping the Saxons Superstars keep culture alive and for being a steadfast partner in developing future leaders.

He added, “Every year, it is a struggle to make it to Bay Street. Many of our members are eager to participate, despite their circumstances, and every year our group continues to grow. Thanks to CWCO’s generosity, we look forward to continuing to grow and succeed alongside their great team and establishment.”

Henderson Cash, CWCO’s General Manager, said, “Receiving this plaque from the Saxons Superstars is a profound honor for us at CWCO. It symbolizes the strong relationship we’ve built over the years, rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to preserving Bahamian heritage.

“Our support for the Saxons Superstars’ brass section is emblematic of our broader mission to invest in our community’s vibrancy and the potential of its young people. We are deeply committed to continuing this support and fostering the traditions that make our culture so unique.”


Photo Caption: The Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) to present a plaque of appreciation.

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