MINISTER OF TOURISM PARTICIPATES IN CTO CARIBBEAN WEEK

A team from the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime and Gaming led by Minister Ralph Higgs returned to the TCI last weekend after attending the annual Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Caribbean Week’s activities in New York on 4th -8th June 2018. The delegation consisted of Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Cherylann Jones, Director of Tourism, Mr. Ramon Andrews, Chairman of the Tourist Board, Mr. Norman Hamilton, Head of Secretariat Mrs. Mellisa Ariza and Receptionist Mrs. Brenda Jones.

This annual event is hosted by the CTO and provides the opportunity for member countries to showcase the authenticity of their destination, through food, music and many other cultural expressions. This year’s theme was keeping in line with the 2018 year of Wellness and Rejuvenation in the Caribbean.

The theme was incorporated into many aspects of the events including a trade show and educational forum on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination. The Caribbean Marketing Conference comprised of formal presentations by leading speakers in the industry, topics ranged from how lucrative is the wellness market, the rejuvenation of the Caribbean Brand amongst others.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs stated; “It is always rewarding to participate in the CTO’s Caribbean week activities, it is the ideal platform for the Ministry to secure and maintain linkages with key partners. Similarly, it is critical as region leaders in Tourism to be able to connect in this way, to discuss trending issues, successes and challenges faced and to share best practices with our counterparts.”

The team took in several sessions, including performances by local chefs in the highly anticipated Rum & Rhythm event where persons enjoyed authentic Caribbean entertainment and cuisine provided by the region’s best. The event is held in support of a scholarship program for Caribbean nationals pursuing studies in tourism, hospitality and language training. Interested persons may visit the official website of the CTO for details on scholarship opportunities at www.OneCaribbean.org.

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, CULTURE AND LIBRARY SERVICE CONGRATULATES OUR RETURNING MEDICAL DOCTORS

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Service would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all four (4) of our returning medical doctors after the completion of studies at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and Trinidad.  Congratulations is extended to Dr. Tayla Greene, Dr. Jakera Jean Joseph,  Dr. Royelle Robinson and Dr. Raven Saunders at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus Jamaica of whom have successfully completed their studies in the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Degree Programme.

The Ministry would also like to salute Dr. Gene Chibu Otuonye who completed his (MBBS) programme followed by his one-year internship in 2016 and is currently undergoing his specialty training in New Jersey.

The MBBS Degree Programme is a medical undergraduate programme providing a board education for the study of health and disease.  In addition to medical training, students experience university life and the beginnings of professional development in preparation for a career in Medicine.

The award of the UWI medical degree entitles graduates to be registered with the medical councils of the English speaking Caribbean for internship and for later independent practice or specialist training.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government a contributing territory with the University of the West Indies enjoys the privilege of economic cost in sponsoring our scholarship recipients to any of the University of the West Indies campuses. The University of the West Indies is one of the Ministry of Education regional institutions on our recommended list.

It is indeed a culmination with great pride that these Graduates and their parents must feel in their children finally accomplishing this honour which Graduates, and their parents had envisioned for a long time.

The Minister of Education, Hon. Karen Malcolm expresses her delight and profound joy for these young persons of the soil of whom has done their country, parents and family proud.  She stated that; “It gives me great pride when our young people dare to dream and recognizes that dreams can come through with hard work, dedication, determination and discipline and today we salute our medical graduates.”

The Pledge Ceremony was held Wednesday, June 13, 2018 with the official 2018 Graduation Ceremony to commence in November of this year at the Mona Campus in Jamaica.

 

MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS HOST BLOCK-LAYING CEREMONY FOR THE NEW POST OFFICE IN PROVIDENCIALES

Hon. Vaden Delroy Williams participated in the block laying for construction of the new $1.5 million post office here in Downtown Providenciales.

The ceremony which was attended by Her Excellency, Acting Governor Anya Williams; Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson; Hon. Goldray Ewing Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, Hon. Edwin Astwood Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services and the Postmaster General Mrs. Elizabeth James.

As a culturally historical site, this block laying marks a new and exciting chapter in this very important institution. This new facility will represent a significant investment in the Downtown area, continuing the commitment of the Government to develop the Downtown area, as an important and central hub for business and government activity.

Hon. Williams outlined the importance of Government updating and enhancing the Post office facilities by stating; “We should be in a position to capitalize on the lucrative and rapidly growing e-commerce industry. If other large developed countries have not abandoned post offices, why should we?

“It is also very important to know that although many private delivery services are operating in the Turks and Caicos, there is still a very strong demand for post office boxes and the postal services in this country. We have seen this from the activity at the temporary location in the Town Centre Mall and the boxes in Grace Bay. We cannot run away from technology. We must embrace it.”

The construction of this new post office, will integrate the latest technology and new features that are available in postal services around the world.

The Post Office will be full computerization, a sorting room with mail sorting facilities, credit card machine service, a stamp shop, and up to 3,000 more mail boxes. There are also plans for a stamp machine which will make postal services accessible after working hours.

Hon. Williams also took the time to thank the staff of the post office for the work that they have been doing, especially under the present conditions and reminded them that better days are ahead.

He assured the public that in addition to the excellent facilities, they are committed to offering quality customer service and ensuring that the post office remains relevant, reliable and competitive.

This project launches one of the many new capital projects which this government will be embarking on during the next few months and years. These plans embodies an ambitious development plan for the entire Turks and Caicos Islands as we continue to modernize this beautiful by nature country.