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The Five Groups make shortlist for Airport Redevelopment Project, announces TCIAA

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2024 – Five groups are vying for the contract to redevelop the Howard Hamilton/Providenciales International Airport and eventually take control of its day-to-day operations. Most are made up of at least one international and one local Turks and Caicos partner making sure that a portion of the revenue will go directly to a local company.

Included in the list are large UK and Canadian companies with portfolios including some of the biggest airports in Northern America and Mexico.

In this public private partnership the Government will retain some of the cash, but how the split will be decided has not been shared with the public. The contractor will control the revenue and turn over an agreed portion to the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) at agreed intervals.

Shortlisted for the contract, which could stretch as far as 30 years are:

  1. Manchester Airports Holdings Limited, Winward Management Ltd., and BHM Construction International (UK) Ltd.

The Manchester Airport Group is a leading UK airport group that owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports while Winward Management is a UK Hotel management company.  BHM Construction International is also listed as a UK construction company specializing in Civil Engineering and Heavy Construction projects worldwide.

  1. Ferrovial Airports International SE, and Projetech Construction Management and Services Ltd.

Ferrovial Airports International is a UK-based company specializing in transportation infrastructure and describes itself as an expert at developing, managing and operating airports. Projects include Heathrow Airport, Glasgow Airport and others.

The local side of this partnership is carried by Projetech Construction Management & Services Limited. The company describes itself as a large-scale commercial construction, hotel and luxury custom home & villa builder of choice in the Turks and Caicos; having operated for over 25 years and across over 350 projects.

  1. Aecon International Construction Services Inc., Olympic Construction Ltd., and VINCI Airports SAS.

Aecon is a Canadian company and claims via its website to have successfully executed some of the world’s most complex infrastructure projects. Projects include powerlines, water projects, major refurbishments to nuclear sites and more.

On the other hand Olympic Construction Limited says it has been building in the Turks and Caicos for over 30 years with schools, wellness centres and luxury villas included in its portfolio.

Rounding out this trio is VINCI Airports; a global airport operator with operations in 13 countries at over 70 different airports. VINCI claims to design as well as help to develop airports and deliver an improved passenger experience.

  1. Regis Holdings S.A.,HAB Limited, doing business as International Limited, and Bouygues Batiment International.

According to the Regis Holdings LinkedIn page, the company is a Global Procurement Company dealing in 3 primary sectors, supplying materials, ready-made buildings and armored vehicles.

The HAB Group is a TCI-based company which has been operating since 1983 in property development. Under its belt are luxury beachfront condominiums and commercial properties including the Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Course.

Their partner in the venture, Bouygues Bâtiment International is a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, and claims to have specialised in complex international building projects for over 50 years. The company is present on five continents and in nearly 30 countries. Bouygues says they believe deeply in: “Respect for territories and populations, with strong involvement of our subsidiaries in the social and economic development of the countries in which we build.”

  1. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B. de C.V., and John Redmond Associates Ltd.

Unlike the majority of applicants, Groupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico is a Mexican Group. Currently it operates 12 airports in the Pacific region of Mexico according to its website. Its catalogue includes La Paz, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, serving main tourist destinations.

The group says (much like the intent of the Turks and Caicos government,) the airports were managed by the Mexican Government and they were commissioned as part of a country initiative to privatize and improve the quality and safety of the airport services in the country. At least 85 percent of the company’s shares trade publicly.

Their partners in the venture, John Redmond Associates are a Turks and Caicos Architectural Company providing architectural, design and project management services for over 25 years. ‘Where When How Turks and Caicos’ cites preservation and enhancement of the natural beauty and sensitive environment of this country as an integral component of John Redmond Associates design and planning.

The successful company group will be awarded a contract with the government (Public-Private Partnership) and will undertake the funding of the redevelopment. As for how that will be repaid;

“There are no payments to be made to the private partner,” said Selvyn Hawkins, Executive Chairman of the TCIAA to Magnetic Media in 2023. Instead, the Government will proceed with a revenue share deal with whichever company is chosen. Hawkins broke down what this means for taxpayers.

“The private partner will design, finance, build, manage and maintain the airport. The costs are their own. In return, they will have to pay TCIAA a share of the revenue made during the period of concession.”

The redevelopment must be done within the first five years of the contract.

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Two Deaths on Monday July 8, Police report on Sudden Death and Unresponsive Male

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating separate sudden deaths that occurred in South Caicos and Providenciales.

On Monday, July 8th, 2024, shortly after 10 a.m., the Police Control Room received a call reporting that a male employee had fallen from the fourth floor of a Resort in South Caicos.

Officers and medical personnel were dispatched, and upon arrival at the resort, officers were told that the employee was fixing an air-conditioning unit when he fell off a ladder.  The male was transported to the South Caicos Clinic for treatment but was pronounced dead at 11:47 AM.

The deceased has been identified as a 47-year-old Indian national, whose name is being withheld at this time, pending the next of kin being informed.

The second incident occurred shortly after noon in Providenciales.

Officers of the RT&CIPF responded to a report made at a Resort located along Lower Bight Providenciales. Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed a male lying on his back on the beach, surrounded by a group of people performing chest compressions. The victim had been removed from the water after being discovered floating.

The 52-year-old victim was rushed to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center via ambulance but sadly passed away.

The RT&CIPF extends condolences to the family and friends of the deceased men

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TCI Cabinet agrees to subsidise South Caicos international flights in May 29th meeting

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Acting Governor Anya Williams chaired the 16th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday May 29th, 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.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Approved the Statutory Bodies 4th Quarter Special Purpose Financial Report for FY 2023-2024.
  2. Approved the 4th Quarter Financial Report for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and agreed for the report to be published on the government’s website.
  3. Granted approval under Refurbishment Policy for a duty concession on the importation of construction, materials, furniture, fixtures, and fittings for the Palms Resort.
  4. Granted approval of the request from the Ministry of Public Safety to access the Contingency Fund to support immediately required security arrangements.
  5. Did not support the request for the waiver of Import Customs Duty.
  6. Granted approval for the disposal of 73,000 cubic yards/meters of silt that will be dredged from the seabed during the South Dock Redevelopment Project.
  7. Granted approval for amendments to the Electricity Ordinance and approved Draft Control of Capital Investment Policy which would allow for advance approval of any significant capital expenditures by a public supplier.
  8. Granted approval for the reappointment of the following persons to the Electricity Board for a period of one (1) year commencing May 21, 2024: John Ariza-Chairman, Master Electrical, Richard Harvey-Member, Electrical Contractors, Menelik Astwood-Member TCICC, James Fulford-Member Electrical Contractors, Director of Planning-Dainer Lightbourne-ex-officio, Energy and Utilities Commission-Delano Arthur-ex-officio and Permanent Secretary (MPSU) Mrs. Bridgette Newman ex-officio, and Shanetta Thompson appointed as Secretary for a period of 2 years.
  9. Granted approval for a long-term lease over Parcels 10506/29 South Suburbs, Grand Turk for the development of a cruise stop over resort type facility.
  10. Noted the findings of the Registrar and approved an interim settlement to be paid in respect of Interim Certificate of Taxation re: CL 42/21 Thanbyrase Srikanth et al v Director of Immigration et al-Cost Certificate)
  11. Granted approval of the Draft District Administration Bill 2024 and noted the stakeholder consultation plan that was scheduled to be conducted throughout the islands.
  12. Noted the previous approval for the budget reallocation within the DMMO Experience Turks and Caicos to fund the minimum revenue guarantee (MRG) in respect to international airlift to the island of South Caicos

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

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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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