#TurksandCaicos, November 22, 2022 – The Office of the Deputy Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kacey Lewis to the post of Principal Architect and Head of the Public Works Project Management Division in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development.
Mr. Lewis holds an Associate of Arts Degree from the College of the Bahamas and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architectural Studies from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
Having joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Government as a Draftsman in 1999, Mr. Lewis in 2006 was promoted to the post of Assistant Architect; a post he held for 7 years before being promoted to the post of Project Architect in 2013 and to the post of Project Manager in 2018, a post he has held for the last four years.
Commenting on his appointment Mr. Lewis stated: “I am grateful for the opportunity to progress in my professional field. Not only am I grateful, but humbled by the confidence in me to operate in a managerial role. I do not take this promotion lightly and promise to continue to serve my people and country to the best of my ability. I believe that this is a move in the right direction and applaud the authorities for empowering and promoting our young and aspiring Turks and Caicos Islanders to be a part of the positive change in the development of our country. I look forward to serving in this new capacity.”
Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams in extending congratulatory remarks to Mr. Lewis stated: “It gives me great pleasure to officially congratulate Mr. Kacey Lewis on his appointment as the new Principal Architect and Head of the Public Works Project Management Division in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development.
Mr. Lewis began his public service career 20 years ago in an entry level position in the Public Works Department and has worked diligently over the years to obtain numerous promotions, now culminating in him being appointed to as the Head of the Project Management Division.
The Principal Architect and Head of the Project Management Division is responsible for the design of all Government architectural works, across the islands, and is required to oversee, inspect and monitor project progress to ensure quality assurance and quality controls are maintained.
The post holder is also responsible for preparing capital budgets, for effectively managing same to ensure financial prudence and for providing managerial oversight and control of the Division staff and resources.
Mr. Lewis is an ardent worker who has been instrumental in the delivery of a number of key government projects over the years and has proven his ability to lead.
I wish him well on his new appointment and know that he will do exceptionally well.
Congratulations on your well-deserved promotion Kacey!”
Register of Interests of the Members of the House of Assembly
#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – The Integrity Commission advises that the Register of Interests for Members of the Turks and Caicos Islands House of Assembly, as at 31st December 2022 has been completed.
Members of the House of Assembly are required by the Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution, Section 103(2), and the Integrity Commission Ordinance (the Ordinance), as amended, Section 52(1), to file with the Commission, Statements of Registrable Interests. The Commission would, therefore, like to inform members of the public that, it has compiled the information contained in these Statements of Registrable Interests and has produced The Register of Interests 2022 for the Members of the House of Assembly, as at 31st December 2022.
The Register of Interests 2022 is now available for public inspection at the following locations:
- House of Assembly in Grand Turk
- Office of the Premier – Grand Turk and Providenciales
- Office of the Integrity Commission – Grand Turk and Providenciales (during the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm from Mondays to Thursdays and 8:00am to 4:00pm on Fridays.)
- Office of the District Commissioner – Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Salt Cay and South Caicos.
The Register can be viewed at these locations during normal working hours or at a time that is convenient for the respective offices.
For further information or any assistance please contact the Integrity Commission:
By telephone at: 946-1941(Grand Turk Office) or 941-7847 (Providenciales Office) By e-mail at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Bahama to be CARGO HUB, as Bahamas & Qatar ink MOU
#TheBahamas, September 29, 2023 – With moves to deepen ties, governments of The Bahamas and Qatar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify agreements in principle surrounding the development of aviation and other related services.
This is according to Chester Cooper, The Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investment and Aviation in a Facebook post.
This comes after The Bahamas Government in a press release on September 24th, revealed that Cooper, was set to meet with the head of Qatar Airways to have talks regarding “multiple mutually beneficial aviation opportunities for both countries.”
The release also said the deputy prime minister and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation are working on “forging strategic partnerships with several Middle Eastern countries to strengthen ties to The Bahamas and the Caribbean,” and this new signing is indicative of such efforts.
Following the September 25th signing, on September 27th, Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General of Tourism for The Bahamas informed via Facebook some details of the agreement saying, “we have now established a framework for cooperation and formed strategic partnerships with Qatar Airways, Qatar’s Transport, Aviation and Investment Agencies and The Qatar Aeronautical Academy, that will benefit our country.”
Regarding further efforts for the improvement of The Bahamas, Cooper announced on Facebook again on Tuesday September 26th that both countries are working to make Nassau a passenger hub for Latin America and the Caribbean adding that talks are being held for Grand Bahama as a cargo hub.
Additionally, as the press release informed, Cooper is preparing for an on ground visit of Bahamasair domestic operations by Qatar Airways Technical team sometime in October.
Guyana to build regional food hub
#Guyana, September 29, 2023 – Guyana is making moves to become the primary food production center for the Caribbean, going ahead with plans to develop a USD$14 million regional food hub.
In fact, as reported by the Observer, the facility has already been identified on the country’s Soesdyke /Linden Highway.
“We want Guyana to be the food hub, the primary production hub of the Caribbean so that we could supply the Caribbean. What we have, our colleagues in the Caribbean don’t have. We have arable flat land and abundant fresh water,” he said, adding that with the multi-million dollar US investment, the country can, “modernise the infrastructure, and start ramping up the productions.”
Also, the Agriculture Minister pointed out that the project is geared to make for a more competitive local Agriculture industry as well as developing high-yielding varieties, pest-resistant and climate-resilient varieties.
Additionally, in the facility’s development, Guyana, Mustapha said, will work with Belize.
In fact, with more on Belize’s involvement, Dr. Ashni Singh, Finance Minister, informed that the Government is in talks with the Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley about sourcing inputs from northern Brazil and transporting them through Guyana to Barbados and vice versa.
Singh also reportedly revealed that the project will help develop the growing logistics industry in Guyana.
Considering regional food import cost, with this development, Guyana is the leading Caribbean Community country pushing ahead with plans to reduce the multi-billion dollar regional food import bill by 25 per cent by 2025, the Observer says.
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