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Governor's business advisory group formed

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Leading Turks and Caicos Business leaders have joined the Governor’s Business Advisory Group, it was announced today, Thu 3 April 2014.

The Group, which will meet for the first time on 10 April 2014 will provide advice and guidance to the Governor on a range of business interests and developments in the Territory.

Announcing the new Group, Governor Peter Beckingham said:

I have received an overwhelmingly positive response from some of our top business people to this new initiative. I said when I arrived six months ago that I wished to work alongside business for the betterment of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

I am confident that this group, representing a cross section of commercial interests and different parts of TCI, will represent a valuable sounding board and forum to learn how we can work together to strengthen the country’s economy.

We will consider informally a range of business and other interests, including work permits and employment, links to the Public Sector, the international reputation of TCI, infrastructure and new developments, and security. We may invite the Premier and other members of the Government and the opposition to meetings, as well as any senior visiting businesspeople.

The Group will meet approximately four times a year. The members are giving their time voluntarily.

The members of the Group are:

  1. Cecil Arnold, representing ScotiaBank TCI and the Bankers Association

  2. Mervin Cox, representing Coxco and the construction industry

  3. Lyndon Gardiner, representing Inter-Caribbean Airways, the tourism and aviation sectors

  4. Robert Brace and Edith Cox, representing Graceway IGA/Graceway Gourmet and the retail sector

  5. Rick Lovell and second representing Grand Turk Cruise Centre

  6. Michel Neutelings, representing Amanyara, the Hotel and Tourism sectors

  7. E J Saunders, representing Digicel, the telecommunications industry, and the Chamber of Commerce‎

  8. Drexwell Seymour, representing the Accountants’ Association and TCI small businesses

  9. Ted Weldon, representing Sailrock, developers and South Caicos

  10. Ken and Evelyn Adams, Managing Director, representing the Do It Store, and the retail sector