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Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Culture and Heritage, Agriculture, and Religious Affairs Delivers Impressive Quarterly Report on Achievements




Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Culture and Heritage, Agriculture, and Religious Affairs Delivers Impressive Quarterly Report on Achievements

April 4, 2024 – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Culture and Heritage, Agriculture, and Religious Affairs has released its quarterly performance report, (MOT Quarterly Report – Q4 -2023-2024.pdf ) showcasing a plethora of accomplishments across various sectors. From ground-breaking initiatives in agriculture to the preservation of cultural heritage, the Ministry’s efforts underscore its commitment to sustainable development and the enrichment of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Agriculture Advancements

In the realm of agriculture, the Ministry has spearheaded several notable initiatives aimed at enhancing the sector’s productivity and resilience. Among the highlights is the successful launch of the “Business in a Box” initiative in Grand Turk and other Family Islands, providing local entrepreneurs with the tools and resources needed to thrive in the agricultural market. Furthermore, significant strides have been made in leveraging technology, with the advancement of an online platform following successful testing with staff and importers in Providenciales.

Moreover, the Ministry has demonstrated its dedication to animal welfare and biosecurity through the finalization of amendments and enactment for implementing the Dog Control, Animal Control, and Biosecurity Ordinances. Collaborative efforts with local NGOs, such as the Turks and Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA), have resulted in tangible outcomes, including the sterilization of 230 animals through Spay and Neuter Clinics in January and February 2024.

Continuing its commitment to sustainable practices, the Ministry is actively engaged in ongoing cooperation with Ministry of Health officials and stakeholders to finalize the draft of the Pesticide Bill, further bolstering environmental protection and agricultural sustainability.

Fisheries and Marine Resource Management

In the domain of fisheries and marine resource management, the Ministry has demonstrated commendable progress in addressing key challenges and advancing strategic objectives. Efforts to bridge identified gaps in the TCI III Code Action Plan in preparation for the III Code Audit in 2024 underscore the Ministry’s commitment to international standards and best practices.

Additionally, the implementation of the Small Craft Policy and the initiation of a consultancy for sustainable livelihood assessment in collaboration with the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) highlight the Ministry’s proactive approach to fostering economic resilience and environmental stewardship.

Furthermore, significant investments have been made in infrastructure and legislation, including the approval of a supplemental budget of $200,000 USD for the construction of 800 additional lobster Casitas by commercial fishermen. Legislative advancements, such as the implementation of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 2022 and supporting regulations, underscore the Ministry’s dedication to enhancing maritime safety and governance.

Department of Tourism Regulations

The Department of Tourism Regulations (DTR) continues to prioritize efficiency and excellence in its operations, with ongoing efforts focused on enhancing regulatory frameworks and facilitating industry growth. Initiatives such as the continuation of TIDES training and alignment of the DTR ordinance with Business Licensing underscore the Department’s commitment to professionalism and service excellence.

Furthermore, the Department remains dedicated to leveraging technology for streamlined processes, with the launch of QR codes for the Taxi Rating System and the development of an efficient online application process for accommodation licenses.

Experience Turks and Caicos Islands

Experience Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is committed to enhancing the tourism experience through strategic initiatives aimed at showcasing the destination’s unique attractions and cultural heritage. Collaborative efforts with the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) and the National Trust have resulted in the enhancement of key sites such as Bambara, while new experiences such as fish fry events in Provo and Grand Turk promise to enrich visitor experiences and promote local culture.

Furthermore, the marketing team’s endeavours to develop a new website for Experience TCI and enhance destination signage underscore the Ministry’s commitment to promoting tourism growth and sustainability.

Cultural Preservation and Heritage

The Ministry’s dedication to preserving and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands is evident through its multifaceted initiatives aimed at showcasing local talent and traditions. The launch of a comprehensive cultural and heritage registry serves as a testament to the Ministry’s commitment to amplifying the voices of artisans, musicians, and cultural ambassadors across the archipelago.

Additionally, ongoing workshops and programs aimed at nurturing traditional skills and fostering community engagement underscore the Ministry’s dedication to preserving the cultural legacy of the TCI for future generations.


As the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Culture and Heritage, Agriculture, and Religious Affairs continues to forge ahead with its strategic objectives, the quarterly performance report serves as a testament to its unwavering commitment to sustainable development, environmental stewardship, and cultural preservation in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through collaboration, innovation, and dedication, the Ministry remains steadfast in its mission to build a brighter and more prosperous future for all residents and visitors alike.

For media inquiries, please contact: Head of Secretariate, Melissa Rolle,





#TurksandCaicos, May 21, 2024 – Ms. Patricia Arana has been sworn in on13 May 2024 as Resident Magistrate, Grand Turk.  She first joined the Judiciary of the Turks and Caicos Islands as Registrar of the Magistrate’s Court in April 2022.

Prior to taking up the position of Registrar of the Magistrate’s Court, she was the Deputy Registrar General at the Supreme Court of her native Belize in Belize City. She started her judicial career as a Magistrate in 2010 and was promoted to the position of Senior Magistrate in 2015. As Senior Magistrate, she worked in several districts in Belize, and acted as Chief Magistrate on several occasions.  She was also within that period, seconded for two years as Legal Counsel to the Financial Intelligence Unit of Belize.

Ms. Arana is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree, and a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica, where she obtained her Legal Education Certificate. There she distinguished herself when she received the H.H. Dunn Memorial Prize for Legal Drafting and Interpretation.

Regionally, Ms. Arana currently serves as an Executive Member of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) on behalf of the Judiciary of the Turks and Caicos Islands. She is also an active member of the Caribbean Association of Women Judges (CAWJ), and the National Garifuna Council (NGC) Orange Walk Branch.

In the Turks and Caicos Islands, Ms. Arana has since her appointment in 2022, served in various capacities: ADR Administrator and lately a member of the Mediation Committee, a member of the Breach Process Rules Committee, Justice of the Peace Vetting Panel, Justice of the Peace Disciplinary Panel, and Election Adjudicator.

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#TurksandCaicos, May 20, 2024 – The Governor’s Office can confirm that Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and the Honourable Premier Charles Washington Misick will this morning receive a US Congressional delegation, who have requested a meeting to discuss the recent arrests of US nationals for possession of ammunition offences.

The US delegation, which arrived yesterday evening, was met by Protocol officials and is due to depart this afternoon.

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PDM 10 All-Island Candidates a Surprising Slate dubbed ‘the Avengers’



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 

The Turks and Caicos Islands need saving according to Edwin Astwood, Opposition Leader and he’s assembled his ‘Avengers’ to do it; a team of 10 district candidates who were unveiled on Monday, May 6 to contest the 2025 general elections. 

“We the PDM want to be those champions for you. We want to be your avenging team to lift the country back up,” said Astwood who is the incumbent for ED 2, Grand Turk South.

The Candidates in question were all allowed to speak:

ED 1 Grand Turk North candidate George Lightbourne, former PNP member and minister now stands ratified by the PDM and said “I am fully aware of the issues affecting our people and fully prepared to tackle them.”

ED 3 South Caicos candidate Hynetta ‘Karen’ Forbes made a vow, “To you the people of South Caicos I promise to be a positive change and an advocate for empowerment for all— to make up for the lack and neglect we have endured over the years.”

ED 4 candidate, contesting North and Middle Caicos, Denaz Williams said “I believe in good representation so try me and I guarantee you will love me.”

ED 5 Leeward and Long Bay hopeful Keith Cox said “I want to make sure my efforts go to the betterment of Leeward and Long Bay, it’s time for a change.”

ED 6 candidate for The Bight, Audric Skippings, who returns from his loss in 2021 said “I pledge to be the voice of the people, the driving force behind positive change, and the chairman of progress in our district.”

ED 7 candidate for Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill, is Rose Higgs who swore  “I am committed to serve as someone committed to changing politics and how some politicians behave after we elect them into power, I am your Beacon of Hope, I am going to parliament!”

ED 8 Blue Hills candidate Anthony Walkin maintained “The ideas I have for the constituency will change Blue Hills— no longer will you be suffering” he swore. 

ED 9 candidate for Five Cays, popular firebrand church pastor and businessman is how many know the energetic Bryant Cox, now approved on the PDM ticket he promised “ED9 it’s our time, I stand before you a man of action ready to work for you.”

Finally, ED 10 candidate for Wheeland Vaden Delroy Williams, who lost to newcomer Kyle  Knowles, now-Minister of Public Safety and Utilities by only a few votes in 2021, said “I am back because you have asked me to come back—because of the love I have for my people…”

They join the already announced all-island candidate team of Robert Been, Ruth Ariza, Karen Malcolm, Sean Astwood, and Ralph Higgs.

Sean Astwood, the former Five Cays members and deputy premier in the Sharlene Robinson administration, had missed the PDM’s all-island slate announcement on March 22; during the constituency candidates roll out had his say.

“Returning to politics was not an easy decision for me and I didn’t make it lightly— I came back because I believe we have a responsibility to stand up for what is right,” said Astwood.

Opposition Leader Edwin Astwood was especially excited to unveil the array of candidates having been the sole elected representative for the past four years. 

“Being in the fight alone these three and a half years wasn’t easy— I was in this battle alone but now you gave me 15 people, they had trouble when it was just me so imagine now with this team coming,” he exclaimed.

Astwood was the only PDM representative to be re-elected in February 2021 when the current PNP Administration gave them a historic walloping, storming their way to victory 14 to 1. Seven of those 2021 candidates including the party’s leader have returned to fight again in the upcoming elections which are constitutionally due in early 2025.

Ezra Taylor, National Party Chairman is convinced that the ‘rescue team’ will serve the Turks and Caicos to its fullest potential.

“Real representation, meritocracy, and honest engagement with our people will be the order of the day in the governance of the Turks and Caicos islands,” he continued “Our candidates embody the values that define us as a country, integrity, compassion, and a relentless dedication to the common good.”

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