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Major Tri-Lateral Meeting next as TCI Nat’l Security Chairs in Bahamas for High-Level Talks

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By Dana Malcolm

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Security meetings in the Bahamas are well underway as the TCI delegation consisting of the Nigel Dakin, Governor and Washington Misick, Premier, who co-chair the National Security Council and several others have already had several crucial sit-downs with top leaders from The Bahamas and United Kingdom.

The mission started with sessions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where there was a meeting with Fred Mitchell, Minister and his team to discuss Border Security, Informal Settlements and the perplexing challenges in nearby Haiti; that happened on Monday morning.

Another key member of The Bahamas Cabinet, Wayne Munroe, who is the Minister of National Security and his Permanent Secretary Cheryl Darville, hosted a lunch meeting.

Before both meetings, a courtesy call was paid to Phillip Davis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister who has responsibility for Tourism, Investment and Aviation.

Magnetic Media learned that the Turks and Caicos high ranking delegation arrived in Nassau since Sunday; however by Wednesday they were successfully making key rounds including a courtesy call paid on the Governor General of The Bahamas,  His Excellency, Cornelius A. Smith.

The UK Ambassador to The Bahamas was also visited; Tom Hartley is the British High Commissioner.

The Royal Bahamas Defense Force Base was next, explained the Governor on social media.

A tour of the Defense Force based located in Coral Harbour allowed the two security chiefs for TCI, to view firsthand the fleet of ships, training areas and technology used for guarding Bahamian borders.

The Defence Force has long been a direct partner as a year ago, TCI signed a Ship Rider Agreement with the RBDF which has opened the door to cross training and deployments which, among other things enables arrests in TCI waters by Turks and Caicos officers on Bahamian vessels.

This initial security agreement, in recent months has been broadened to include domestic security with the stationing of 24 members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Bahamas has been instrumental in crime fighting in the Turks and Caicos.

It is also expected that the Turks and Caicos national security team will meet with a US contingent for a tri-lateral caucus aimed at deepening security connections.

Included in the sizable delegation are Senior Police, the TCI Regiment and National Security Secretariat officials.

Bahamian police officers continue to be embedded in the Royal TCI Police Force, having been sworn in as Special Constables and intelligence sharing with the US is in play as well.

Aircraft from the US has been visible in the crime fighting effort, working in tandem with British Military helicopter reconnaissance right into November.

Add to this, the shocking interception of a firearms shipment from the US to the Turks and Caicos; illegal cargo which resulted, according to TCI Police and the Governor, in several arrests.

There were also sessions with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Michael Pintard, the Leader of  the Opposition.  More informally, members of the TCI delegation have also had an opportunity to dialogue with proud group of professionals, a part of the Turks and Caicos diaspora living in New Providence.

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National Food Policy to be created in the Bahamas

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – A new initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs in the Bahamas will see the creation of a National Food Policy geared towards ensuring food security on the island.

“This agricultural policy would encompass a holistic approach and incorporate regulations, legislation, and other aspects to assist the farmers who have not really gotten the attention they deserve for a long time,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, Hon. Clay Sweeting.

Other initiatives within the agriculture sector will also be implemented, such as the digitalization of applications and forms, which will make farming more efficient.

Clay said, “we have already digitalized for the most part the Department of Marine Resources and soon we will unveil new services such as dog licences, import permits, and other services needed for a successful agricultural sector.”

The construction of the Cultivation Centres (TCC) in Eleuthera and New Providence with produce exchange, food processing kitchens and farm stores will continue.

Sweeting said he hopes these initiatives will help to decrease the country’s yearly $1 billion food import bill.

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Consumer protection, 85 businesses to be put under watch 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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February 2, 2023 – Grocery stores and dozens of other businesses will be under the microscope soon as the government begins aggressively enforcing the Consumer Protection Ordinance passed back in 2016 with an all-new Compliance and Regulatory Enforcement (C.A.R.E) Drive.

Carried out by the Department of Trade, Industry, and Fair Competition the drive aims to “actively educate providers whilst enforcing the main provisions to protect consumers under the Consumer Protection Ordinance,” a press release explained.

Firstly, Consumer Officers charged with protecting the people of the TCI from unfair business practices will be assessing the prices of selected breadbasket items in 23 different stores countrywide each month to see whether price gouging is being carried out by businesses.

Breadbasket items are currently duty-free under the Food and Fuel Tax Break until the end of the financial year in March and all savings from those tax exemptions should be passed on directly to the consumer. After each assessment, which will continue for several months at least a monthly price report will be published on the Department of Trade’s website.

In addition, the Consumer Officers will be monitoring other business activities across the country “to ensure that providers are compliant with their duties to consumers.”

Those responsibilities include:

  • Giving customers certain basic information about goods and services being sold;
  •  Informing consumers about terms and conditions before any payment is made (e.g., warranties, refunds, returns, exchanges, etc.) and;
  • Abstaining from misleading and deceptive conduct, false representation and unfair business practices.

The government says they will reach at least 85 businesses with the C.A.R.E. Drive but they did not indicate the process behind how these businesses had been singled out. Non-compliant ones will be fined after a thorough investigation and warnings are issued by the Department of Trade.

With this in mind, business owners are being encouraged to familiarize themselves with their duties under the Ordinance lest they be caught in breach. The government did not say what entities would be assessed and whether that included major retail grocery stores, gasoline dealers, water companies, electricity providers, telecommunications companies and other essential providers of the services that all islanders spend on.

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74 Foreign Nationals Convicted in The Magistrate’s Court

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#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – In Magistrate’s Court #1 today, seventy-two (72) foreign nationals were arraigned before Magistrate Algernon Allen Jr. for various immigration offenses.

Thirty-two (32) Cuban nationals were convicted of Illegal Landing. Two (2) of them were subsequently sentenced to four months in the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS). Thirty (30) were conditionally discharged and released to the Department of Immigration to be deported.

A total of forty (40) Haitian nationals were convicted of Illegal Landing. Two (2) received custodial sentences of three months at BDOCS, and thirty-seven (37) were conditionally discharged and released to the Department to be deported. In addition to the charge of Illegal Landing, one (1) Haitian man was also convicted of Knowingly Attempting to Misleading an Immigration Officer and subsequently sentenced to six months at BDOCS on each count. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Three (3) Haitian nationals were also charged with Overstaying. Two (2) pleaded guilty and were convicted. Respectively they were fined $2,000.00 or, in default of payment, served six months at BDOCS, conditionally discharged, and deported. One (1) Haitian female pleaded not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to a later date. Upon payment of fines, completion of sentences, and discharge, all persons were ordered to be turned over to the Department of Immigration for deportation.

The Department remains committed to executing our mandate to ensure compliance with the Statue Laws of our country.

For more information, call the Public Relations Unit at 1-242-322-7530, visit our website at www.immigration.gov.bs, or call our Investigation hotline anonymously, at 1-242-604-0249.

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