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Turks and Caicos Post Cabinet Meeting Statement

His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the meeting of the Cabinet on Friday, 8 December 2017, at the N J S Francis Building on Grand Turk.

TCI Cabinet Meeting

All Ministers were present except the Hon. Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the draft Companies Ordinance (Amendment of Schedules) (No.2) Order 2017 for forwarding to the House of Assembly for approval

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve amendments to Section 8 of the Customs (Times of Attendance of Officers and Officers’ Fees) Regulations to reflect the full recovery of costs of customs officers working at TCI customs sheds

  • noted the legislative agenda for the period December 2017 – June 2018

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the government’s climate change policy statement

  • received an information paper prepared by the Director of Ports on a variation in tariff in the stevedoring contract which entered into force on 1 April 2008

  • approved a MSME concession order to the company Ocean Breeze Laboratories to purchase equipment for its janitorial products business in Providenciales

  • approved a MSME concession order to the company Been’s Welding to purchase equipment for the re-establishment of a welding and fabrication business in Providenciales

  • approved a MSME concession order to the company Flamingo’s Nest to purchase equipment for the establishment of a vacation rental in North Caicos subject to a re-inspection being carried by the Tourist Board and the property meeting the required standard

  • approved in principle the amended draft Agriculture Policy Paper governing agricultural development in TCI subject to an implementation plan being developed and approved

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the drafting of the Tobacco Control (Amendment) Bill 2017 for forwarding in due course to the House of Assembly for approval

  • approved in principle the National School Nutrition and Physical Fitness Policy Paper and the National School Nutrition Guidelines for TCI subject to an implementation plan being developed and approved

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the appointment of Mr Eric Lightbourne as a member of the Prison Visiting Committee in accordance with Section 44 of the Prisons Ordinance

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the appointment of Mrs Carmella Bain as a member of the Radio Turks and Caicos Board of Governors in accordance with Section 3(1) of the Radio Turks and Caicos Ordinance

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the re-appointment of Mrs Beatrice Fulford as a member of the Labour Tribunal for a period of 2 years with effect from 8 December 2017

  • approved a proposal for the construction of a new library facility for the H J Robinson High School on Grand Turk to be sponsored and funded by Mr Franklyn Misick

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the Fisheries Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2017 Regulations relating to the quota for the export of conch

  • approved an amendment to the Tourist Accommodations Ordinance 1979 to align Section 2 (a) of the Ordinance with Section 3(1) of the Tourism Tax Ordinance

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to grant an exemption from Section 12 (1) of the Immigration Ordinance to permit the entry into TCI of teams from Nokia and Ericsson Corporations to assist with the restoration of FLOW’s inter-island microwave link between Providenciales and Grand Turk which was damaged following the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria

  • received an up-date from the Hon. Premier on applications received for outstanding payments for services provided after the hurricanes to be met from the contingency fund

  • received a briefing from the Hon. Premier on her attendance at the Joint Ministerial Council in London.

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

Published 20 December 2017