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MP Akierra Misick explains how to gain from Land Debt Forgiveness Program

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By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, March 9, 2023 – Residents have the ability to now purchase freeholds of land held under their Conditional Purchase Leases plus additional debt forgiveness and one Member of Parliament is giving residents advice on how to proceed, though she advises ‘patience’ as the process includes hundred of parcels of land.

The newly passed Crown Land Ordinance (Amendment) Bill:

  • Increases the Islander discount to 50 percent
  • Allows for the exchange of land that has been mistakenly occupied
  • Changes the offer of land acceptance period to 6 months
  • Removes the need for approval from the the Advisory Panel to sublet a lease
  • Removes the requirement for the payment of arrears when a CPL is being SURRENDERED
  • Allows heirs to purchase the land held under a CPL belonging to a dead CPL holder.

The the Crown Land (Residential Conditional Purchase Lease)(Arrears And Mesne Profit)(Amnesty) Bill allows residents to

  • convert CPL it’s a free hold without having to pay the arrears and mean profit which are often tens of thousands of dollars)
  • Pay off the cost to buy a freehold in installments
  • Allow relatives to purchase freeholds on their deceased family members  CPLs

Akeirra Missick, Former Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development and an attorney at law offered advice to residents who were looking to take up the new benefits afforded to them.

“I want to encourage all residents to read the legislation once it is posted. And to be mindful that either during the supplementary or the main budget staffing requirements would need to be taken to bolster the department.”

For this reason, Missick encouraged patience with the Department.

“Don’t rush– and say I don’t have to pay any more arrears and I want my Crown Land tomorrow. There is a process. Here is my advice to all CPL holders who have not yet converted your CPL to Freehold,” she said listing the best way to go about the process:

  • Collect all your documents to show you had received an offer and accepted.
  • Know your parcel number (check Crown Land Allocation Register)
  • Fill out the application form

“Then give them time” she encouraged “We are talking about some 40,000 parcels across the islands.”

She said after this, residents would be provided with valuations and costs to decide how they would finance the land.

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Proposed Amendments for Business Licensing in TCI heard at June 4 Cabinet Meeting  

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Acting Governor Anya Williams chaired the 17th meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday June 4th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of Governor H.E. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Knowles and the Ministers of Home Affairs and Public Safety and Utilities.  Ms. Yaa McCartney attended in the capacity of Acting Attorney General.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Received a presentation from the Ministry of Finance on the proposed amendments to Business Licensing which was being put forward as a result of the consultations that had taken place and agreed next steps.

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TCI Cabinet hears NHIP Change Management Plan in Meeting held April 24, 2024  

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam chaired the 12th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday April 24, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members were present with the exception of the Ministers of Education, Tourism, Border Control and Public Safety who were away from the islands on official duties.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Received a presentation from the National Health Insurance Plan Consultants on the organizations Change Management Program.
  2. Noted an information paper on the work of the Economic Substance Consultancy which was undertaken to provide services to the Financial Transactions Information Exchange Unit (FTIE) in regard to the previous blacklisting of the Turks and Caicos Islands which has since the engagement of this consultancy been reversed.
  3. Approved the reinstatement of the Grand Lucayan MOU for an additional six months from the execution date of the previously approved MOU.
  4. Approved the settlement of a Claim Against Government in line with a ruling of the Court.
  5. Approved the grant of a license for the beach nourishment and installation of four groins lying seaward of parcels 60703/253-263, 330, 331-342 situated at Cheshire Hall for the protection of the shoreline of the said parcels.

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.

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Government Progressing with Plans to Build Seven STEM and STEAM Schools

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#MontegoBay, July 3, 2024 – The Government is progressing with plans to construct six Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Schools and one Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Academy.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says arrangements to build the STEAM school, being cited in Montego Bay, are “proceeding.”

“The land is acquired and the budget is in place from the Ministry of Finance [and the Public Service]. By the end of the year the Ministry of Education [and Youth] can give a timeframe on it,” he stated.

Regarding construction of the STEM Schools, Dr. Chang advised that  “we will be opening the first one in Portmore [St. Catherine] very soon.”

He was speaking during the University of Technology (UTech) Western Campus’ recent STEM Summer camp launch at the institution’s campus in Montego Bay, St. James.

The camp, being held in western Jamaica for the first time, will see some 100 youth from communities in Hanover, Trelawny and St. James engaging in several STEM-related activities.

For his part, Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) President, Oral Heaven, said Jamaica has been declared a ‘STEM island’, adding that the camp serves as testament to the country’s growing prominence in the global STEM landscape.

“This designation opens the door for so many things, through multinational STEM investments [and] real money for our people, positioning Jamaica as a hub of innovation and technological advancement,” he outlined.

Dr. Chang pointed out that there is “a legacy of STEM activity” in the west, noting that the Government is committed to expanding opportunities in the sector.

“It is imperative, therefore, that we attract some of these investments to Montego Bay”, adding that, “we must focus on the positives and potential solutions that STEM can offer.”

The STEM Summer Camp will be held in two phases for junior and senior participants under the theme: ‘Think, Collaborate and Innovate to Grow and Be Resilient’.

Junior participants will attend from July 8-19, and the older youth between July 15 and 26.

 

Contact: Serena Grant

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