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Turks and Caicos post-cabinet meeting statement

His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the 28th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, 9 November 2016, at the Hon. Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales.

TCI Cabinet Meeting

All Ministers were present.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  • approved the grant of a concession order to the company, Conch Sensation, for the manufacture of high quality portable Bluetooth speakers made with conch shell casings subject to the conch shells being used for the casings meeting specified size regulations

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the drafting of amendments to the Insurance Regulations to establish a fast-track service for the processing of Producer Owned Reinsurance Companies (PORCS) licence applications and to introduce fast-track application fees of $1,000 for the processing of credit life PORC applications and $1,500 for the processing of non-credit life PORC applications

  • approved entering into a 3-year lease agreement with K H Capital for the Magistrate Court No.2 to move to Unit 207 on the second floor of IGA Plaza, Providenciales, for the purpose of carrying out government business

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve amendments to the salaries of the Deputy Director and Financial Controller of the TCI Tourist Board

  • received an up-date on progress on outstanding critical works at HM Prison and agreed that urgent sewage and lighting works should be undertaken immediately

  • noted the appointment of Mr Ramon J Andrews as Director of Tourism for a period of 2 years

  • noted the recommendations of the Procurement Board to award contracts in line with the Public Procurement Ordinance 2012 as follows – TR 16/19 Ambulance for Middle Caicos; TR 16/25, Salvage Consultant for the removal of the MV Mega One Triton from Governor’s Beach, Grand Turk

  • agreed that proposed draft amendments to the National Parks Ordinance be gazetted for a 6-week public consultation period and that following the consultation period a report be prepared for Cabinet consideration

  • considered the qualification criteria under the National Scholarship Policy for the allocation of National Scholar awards to the top performing students in TCI

  • discussed the payment of NHIB contributions for pensioners and agreed that all pensioners who are Turks and Caicos Islanders and over 65 years of age should not pay NHIB contributions

  • received an up-date on staffing issues at the NHIB and discussed proposals for resolving the situation

  • requested that the Deputy Governor present a paper to Cabinet on the process for the award of contracts

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

Published 10 November 2016