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TURKS AND CAICOS POST CABINET MEETING STATEMENT

Her Excellency, the Acting Governor, Anya Williams, chaired the 10th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday 1st April 2015 at the Hon. N J S Francis Building in Grand Turk.

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

TCI Cabinet Meeting
TCI Cabinet Meeting

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

At this meeting Cabinet:

  • Advised Her Excellency, the Acting Governor, to approve a proposal to finalise the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of a luxury branded hotel project in Providenciales;

  • Discussed the draft development agreement between the Desarrollos Group and the TCI Government relating to a proposed luxury branded hotel development project at Grace Bay;

  • Agreed to a one month extension of the current Higher Education Board of the Ministry of Education;

  • Approved the recommendation of the Director of the Gaming Inspectorate to grant Gaming Machine Licences to three applicants;

  • Agreed on a moratorium on granting future gaming licences pending review and agreement of a gaming policy;

  • Advised Her Excellency, the Acting Governor, to authorise that $1.9 million be withheld by the TCI Airport Authority for the period 2014/15 and $2 million in 2015/16 for the purpose of partially financing the South Caicos Airport Project;

  • Advised Her Excellency, the Acting Governor, to approve the moratorium on remittances of excess revenue on the part of the TCI Ports Authority to the TCI Government for fiscal years 2015/16 and 2016/17 but that Government reserved the right to review the Ports Authority accounts and decide how the monies can be used;

  • Advised Her Excellency, the Acting Governor, to approve the provisions and parts and clauses of the Cadet Corps Draft Bill to establish a cadet corps in TCI to enable the Bill to be forwarded as early as possible to the House of Assembly;

  • Advised Her Excellency, the Acting Governor, to approve a company business application to operate in restricted business activities to manufacture local souvenirs in TCI under the Business Licensing (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2014 and to communicate Cabinet’s position to the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance;

  • Agreed to proceed with the upgrade of the Standard Integrated Tax Administration System (SIGTAS) to enhance tax administration and collection in TCI;

  • Noted the papers presented to Cabinet on implementation of the TCIG business reform strategy and agreed that relevant Departments should convene as a matter of priority to discuss the recommendations proposed in the paper to fast track delivery of the strategy;

  • Advised Her Excellency, the Acting Governor, to authorise that a Bill along the lines of the Complaints Commissioner (Ombudsman) Bill 2015 be introduced at the next meeting of the House of Assembly to enable the proper functioning of the Office of the Commissioner.

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

Published 7 April 2015