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Governor Peter Beckingham, chaired the Turks and Caicos Islands’ (TCI) Cabinet on Wednesday, 12 February 2014.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Governor Peter Beckingham.
Governor Peter Beckingham.

All Ministers were present at the session which took place in the Hilly Ewing Building, Providenciales, except for the Hon. George Lightbourne.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Noted the positive financial performance of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government for the period October to December 2013, as submitted in the Third Quarter Financial Report from the Accountant General, and approved the publication of the financial report as required by Section 46 of the Public Financial Management Ordinance, 2012;

  2. Approved recommendations from the Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture to extend the term of office for members of the following boards - Community College Board of Governors and the Scholarship/Education Advisory Committee to 31 March 2014;

  3. Advised the Governor to instruct the Acting Attorney General to draft legislation for the establishment of a Statute of Limitations Bill in line with the Limitations Act, 1980 of the United Kingdom and/or the Limitations Act, 2002 of the Canadian Province of Ontario for civil matters only, for consideration by Cabinet and the House of Assembly;

  4. Granted approval for TCIG to enter into a land swap in exchange for a portion of Parcel 10102/1, which consists of approximately 7.60 acres at North Creek, Grand Turk for a comparable acreage of Crown Land immediately adjacent to the said parcel 10102/1 in accordance with section 34 of the Crown Land Ordinance;

  5. Granted approval for TCIG to enter into a land swap in exchange for the granting of a 99 year lease for a comparable acreage of Crown Land (Parcels 10503/118 &121) in accordance with section 34 of the Crown Land Ordinance;

  6. Considered the Turks and Caicos Islands Draft Energy Policy including establishment of an Energy Council. The overarching objective of the policy is to reduce the cost of electricity and to improve energy security and environmental sustainability. Cabinet approved the policy for public consultation prior to final adoption. This follows the Turks and Caicos Islands expression of interest to join the ten island challenge, an initiative of the Carbon War Room, which supports the Government’s plans to move towards renewable energy sources.

The following Minister will be absent from the Islands on official business for a period of one week in February: Hon. Premier, with Hon. Deputy Premier being Acting Premier.

Further information will be provided by Ministers in due course.

Published 13 February 2014