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Nat’l Security Council focused on Keeping Cholera Out as Haitians try to slip in

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#TurksandCaicos, February 11, 2023 – Protecting the borders of the Turks and Caicos has never been without conscious efforts to also protect public health, and with over 13,640 cases of and 283 deaths linked to Cholera in peace-shattered Haiti, according to the World Health Organization, the Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Health has been tasked with a new assignment.

“The Ministry of Health was asked to develop a smart screening program from Cholera and the sourcing of vaccines, to be called on if required, has started,” informed an update from the National Security Council meeting of February 2, 2023.

The same document issued on February 9, informed that Turks and Caicos “Police arrested 690 migrants at sea over December 2022 – January 2023; cooperation with the US; charges against an Officer for harbouring; disposal of seized goods; and clearance systems.”

This is a clear signal for the country’s security body to improve not only border protection in terms of manpower and alliances to fend off vessels involved in human smuggling, but to ensure those who slip through and detected by the Coastal Radar System are better screened in order to fend off an invasion of Cholera.

Just this past week, the Dominican Republic reported having eight new infections.  The DR shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, and has also been inundated with residents seeking refuge from the riotous conditions at home.

It was explained that presentations focused upon: “Progress discussing maritime delineation with the Government of the Bahamas; and Activities that stemmed from the visit to the Bahamas by the Governor and the Premier, which included support from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for training and improvement of radar capability to assist with interception of migrant vessels.”

It was a packed house  at this recent gathering of the NSC included: His Excellency the Governor, Nigel Dakin; the Hon. Premier Charles Washington Misick; HE Deputy Governor; the Hon. Deputy Premier; the Hon. Minister of Immigration and Border Force; the Hon. Attorney General; the National Security Secretariat (NSS) Permanent Secretary; NSS Deputy Permanent Secretary and the National Security Threats Lead, and the Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) who represented the Commissioner who was out of the jurisdiction at the time.

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Deputy Premier Spot on, TCI TODAY Removed from EU Blacklist

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – February 20, 2024Sixteen months after being added to the European Union’s Black List for non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, the Turks and Caicos Islands is now off that list.

“Today,the Council removed The Bahamas, Belize, Seychelles and Turks and Caicos Islands from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.”

The release explicitly states that in the case of the Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas, “ever since October 2022, deficiencies in the enforcement of economic substance requirements had been identified in both of these jurisdictions by the OECD Forum of Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP).”

It was recommended for remedy to the deficiencies has now been “converted from hard to soft recommendations,” said the statement.

That pivot was fundamental in the de-listing of the two countries said the information from the Council.

“…which allowed the Code of Conduct Group to consider these jurisdictions with no or only a nominal corporate income tax.”

When Magnetic Media spoke to E. Jay Saunders, Turks and Caicos Deputy Premier and Finance Minister in March 2023 he had full confidence that it was only a matter of time before the TCI was given a more favourable position with the EU. 

“There is no question about it. I’m confident that by February 2024, we will be off the list– I’m completely confident and there are no lasting repercussions.”   

 It had been sub-par computer systems that landed the TCI on the list.  The Deputy Premier, at the time offered that the EU was being too dramatic and its language, disproportionate surrounding the issue. 

That black listing and gray listing is often viewed as a black eye in the financial services sector, therefore this announcement today is vindication for the TCI and a huge plus for the Fintech ambitions of the Misick-led government.

 Twelve others remain with the unsavory categorization including Caribbean neighbours: Trinidad and Tobago; US Virgin Islands; Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda.

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Jamaica hosts 2nd Global Tourism Resilience Conference

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Rashaed Esson

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#GlobalTourism#Jamaica, February 19th, 2024 – Strengthening the future of global tourism against growing climate challenges, Jamaica hosted the 2nd Global Tourism Resilience Conference in Montego Bay from February 17th to the 18th, featuring high level delegates from the around the world, such as the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization and spearheaded by its co-founder, Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism for Jamaica. The conference was under the theme “Navigating the Future of Tourism Resilience,” and addressed the swift need for more innovative strategies to combat the growing challenges that threaten Tourism. Sustainable tourism practices, crisis management, digital transformation, and the importance of promoting global partnerships, were among the topics discussed. 

 

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Dengue in Peru-Over 12 Thousand Cases

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#Dengue#Peru, February 19th, 2024 – Since the start of the year, there have been more than thirteen thousand cases of dengue in Peru, with over three thousand in the fifth week alone, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Health. The northern region reportedly has the highest number of cases. Revealed in a February 16th report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, this represents a 53.4 percent increase in cases compared to 2023. This massive increase is linked to prolonged heat waves caused by the El Nino effect, the ministry reporting over 100 consecutive unusually hot days and more than 200 warm nights. Higher temperatures create favorable conditions for dengue transmission.

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