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Turks and Caicos Post Cabinet Meeting Statement

His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the 12th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, at the Hon. Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales.

TCI Cabinet Meeting

All Ministers were present.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  • noted the financial performance of the TCI Government for the period January-March 2017 as submitted in the Fourth Quarter Financial Report and approved the publication of the report as required by Section 36 of the Public Finance Management Ordinance 2012

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve amendments to the Dormant Accounts Ordinance for forwarding to the House of Assembly

  • noted procurement waivers granted for the quarter January - March 2017 in accordance with the provisions of Section 21 of the Public Procurement Ordinance

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the following appointments to the TCI Higher Education Advisory Board for the year 2017/18 as recommended by the Hon. Minister of Education:

Rosabelle Adams, Chairman; Audley Higgs, Member; Jane Garland, Member; Rowena Roberts, Member; Myrna Pereira, Member

  • approved a request by the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO) to host the forthcoming RADO board meeting in TCI from 2-4 June 2017

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the first registration of approximately 0.45 acres of accreted Crown Land lying seaward of Parcel 60906/167 by the proprietors of Strata Plan No.27 and Ocean Club West Ltd/Ocean Club Management Ltd and to grant a licence to the proprietors over that parcel of land for the purpose of renovating and expanding existing dune walks to the beach and constructing and maintenance of a sunset seating area, beach access for handicapped users and a restaurant dining deck, all subject to Planning approval. Cabinet agreed that a penalty be levied against Ocean Club West Limited for the period of which the occupied land was not formally registered

  • advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the formal registration of the Crown Land Parcels located at South Suburbs on Grand Turk which were legally vested in the Ports Authority by the Ports Authority Ordinance

  • received an information paper on progress with the TCI National Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment (National Risk Assessment) project which will conclude with the final NRA workshop on 28-30 June 2017 ahead of an evaluation of TCI’s compliance with international anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) in March 2018

  • received an information paper on progress on finalising the Companies Bill including the establishment of a central register of beneficial ownership of companies in TCI which is intended to be introduced into the House of Assembly on 30 May 2017, following the final period of consultation

  • gave approval for Invest Turks and Caicos to negotiate a development agreement, subject to conditions agreed by Cabinet, between TCIG and Rockwood Holdings Ltd for the development of a seven storey hotel and condo resort to be known as “Le Bisha” on Parcels 60714/16, 121, 199 and 200 on Providenciales

  • received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Home Affairs on plans for the temporary change of use of the Green Door on Grand Turk

  • received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Health on the response of the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB) to the Chief Internal Auditor’s recommendations on the NHIB which have been endorsed by Cabinet

  • received a report by the Hon. Premier on her visit to Barbados to meet the Board of the Caribbean Development Bank ahead of their Board meeting in TCI in May

  • received a report by the Hon. Minister of Tourism on a meeting with wholesalers in the tourist sector at the Amanyara Resort on 9 May

  • received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Health on efforts to tackle the problem of mosquitoes on North and Middle Caicos

  • received an up-date by the Hon. Attorney General on the situation regarding alleged illegal poachers in custody and currently before the courts

  • received an up-date by the Hon. Deputy Premier following his visit to Barbados to sign a MOU with the USA on an Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS).

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

Published 11 May 2017