The Government at a Press Conference on 15 January 2019, held at the Office of the Premier, Hilly Ewing Building, Providenciales, officially launched the publication of the Turks and Caicos Islands (Hurricanes Irma and Maria, 2017) Post Hurricane Recovery Plan.
In attendance were the Premier (Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson), Hon. Vaden Williams, Minister with responsibility for Disaster Management, Mr. Devon Rowe, Executive Director of CARICAD, Chairman of the Recovery Task Force (Mr. Wesley Clerveaux) and member of the Recovery Task Force.
The Chairman, Mr. Clerveaux as part of his opening remarks, reminded the public that; “The Recovery process started immediately after impact in October 2017 whereby short-term measures and policy initiatives were implemented to jumpstart the recovery process. However, this exercise today is a culmination of extensive assessment, and research which enable the Government to develop a long-term plan for the full recovery of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”
The Premier in her remarks stated; “The devastation that hit TCI in September 2017 will no time soon be forgotten. The physical scars remain visible and likewise the emotional scars and strains continue to tug at our hearts.” The Premier went on to say that; “the damages could not compare though to the resilient spirit that emerged amongst all the peoples of the Islands. We saw unprecedented external and internal support that must be credited for our ability to get through the early recovery stage.”
The National Recovery Plan will be circulated widely including posting on the Government website. We encourage all citizens to review the plan and which charters a way forward for the full recovery of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Recovery Task Force will continue its work to develop detail projects in collaboration with Ministries and sectors stakeholders which would be costed, with time-bound implementation periods.