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Turks and Caicos Islands post Cabinet update

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Governor Peter Beckingham chaired the 27th meeting of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ (TCI) Cabinet on Wednesday, 18th December 2013.

All Ministers were present at the meeting which took place in the Hilly Ewing Building in Providenciales. At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Received a report from the Premier, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance on the teams successful participation at the UK Government’s Joint Ministerial Conference (JMC) in London 26-27 November 2013. The event provided opportunities to work with the UK Government and other Overseas Territories in areas such as education, health, energy, immigration and financial services. Premier Ewing and Governor Beckingham provided further details on the event at their joint press conference in Providenciales on 4th December 2013;

  2. Received a report from the Minister of Finance and the Deputy Governor following their attendance at the 12th Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) Forum held in Brussels 2-10 December 2013. At this meeting the Turks and Caicos Government signed the EU Financing Agreement securing $15m of funding. The money will be used to reform the way the Government interacts with the private sector in order to stimulate economic activity. The Minister of Finance and Deputy Governor will provide further details at a press conference in Providenciales on Thursday 19th December 2013;

  3. Received a report from the Minister of Finance setting out a draft Reform Strategy for Growth and Empowerment. The draft strategy sets out the proposed measures required to attain the goals of transforming the business environment, developing a modern human resources infrastructure and re-establishing sustainable growth. Cabinet will consider the matter further at its meeting on the 8th January 2014;

  4. Approved a request from the Minister of Government Support Services to allow the developer of North West Point Resort to maintain the public road leading from Millennium Highway through parcels 60101 and 60003 to their resort at Crystal Bay with an overlay of 100 loads (approximately 1,600 cubic yards) of limestone fill from the airport stockpile;

  5. Approved amendments to the Telecommunications Bill which seeks to promote the development of broadcasting services in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The matter will now proceed to the House of Assembly;

  6. The following Ministers will be out of the Country on private affairs:

  • Hon. Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, 22nd – 29th December – Hon. Premier (Acting)

  • Hon. Minister of Border Control and Labour, 25th December – 5th January – Hon. Minister of Finance (Acting)

  • Hon. Minister of Health and Human Services, 22nd December – 6th January – Hon. Premier (Acting)

  • Hon. Minister of Environment and Home Affairs, 30th December – 6th January – Hon. Minister of Education, Youth and Sports (Acting)

Further details will be provided by Ministers.