#TurksandCaicos, March 9, 2023 – As only the second woman to hold the position of Country Manager at Flow in 125 years and passionate about women in STEM, Joanne Missick is a living example of the International Women’s Day 2023 theme, “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality.”
“Women are problem solvers and connectors, and this is the heart and essence of the business I work in,” she told MM in a recent interview, describing the perspective that women bring to different fields of STEM.
Missick started her journey at Cable and Wireless Operations Service Center as an Operator in 1999. She rose to lead her sales team, where she earned the top ranking in the company’s sales performances across the region before becoming TCI Country Manager in 2020.
“It feels exciting to be at the centre of an industry that is playing an integral role in shaping the way we live and work and to have a leading role in developing the ICT space in TCI,” Missick said. “It has certainly given me a great platform to encourage younger women and girls coming up to not be afraid to take up space, and demonstrate your abilities and at the same time to create room for even more of them to consider careers in this challenging and dynamic industry,” she explained.
Considering the role Flow plays in allowing more women to get their foot in the door, she said: “Flow TCI is a company that is proud to say that we champion diversity and inclusion, and we have women at the forefront, helm, and heart of our business. We celebrate the strengths that both men and women bring to the table. I feel proud to work for a company that is progressively creating roles and opportunities for women in the ICT space.”
Missick maintained that women were celebrated for what they brought to the table at the branch of the company she leads in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
“Our mission as a company is to Connect Communities and Change Lives, and women are helping to mobilize this mission from the inside out, through the roles they occupy and the unique perspective they bring to their work.”
It is one of the reasons Missick describes the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day as incredibly timely: “As our world becomes more and more dependent on businesses like the one I lead
to keep connected and to power their businesses and dreams— Technology has given women equal ability to harness its power to grow and develop their ideas and businesses. It has and continues to be a great equalizer that empowers everyone to drive the progress of humanity and the world at large.”
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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