National Honours and Awards Nominations closes June 30, 2017

The National Honours and Awards Committee is reminding the general public to submit their completed nomination forms for the third annual National Honours and Awards Program before Friday, June 30, 2017 in a sealed envelope to the Premier’s Office on Grand Turk, Providenciales; District Commissioners Office in North Caicos, Middle Caicos, Salt Cay or South Caicos or any member of the National Honour’s and Awards Committee.
 
The National Honors and Awards program recognizes outstanding citizens who have made exemplary contribution to the country’s development. The classifications of awards are:
 
The Order of National Hero:
The Order of National Hero is the highest award and may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander for extraordinary and outstanding achievement and merit in service to the Turks and Caicos Islands or to humanity at large.
 
The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands:
The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander who has served with distinction in any field of discipline and may be conferred to upon a person during his lifetime or posthumously.
 
The Patriotic Awards:
The Patriotic Awards may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander who has demonstrated a keen sense of national consciousness and rendered exceptional sacrificial service to the islands and the people of the islands.
 
- Provided that the Patriotic Award: Mouchoir Bank medal may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander as an honorary award for demonstrating a very high regard for national integration philanthropic
 
The Long Service Medal:
The Long Service Medal may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander who has given outstanding and exemplary public service to the islands and its people for a minimum period of twenty years.
 
National Young Achiever’s Medal:
The National Young Achiever’s medal may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander between the ages of twelve and twenty-five years who has performed exceptionally well on a national, regional or international level in the following areas (but not limited)-
 
- Culture
 
- Academics
 
- Performing Arts; or
 
- Sports
 
It is important that you nominate persons you believe are worthy to receive such honour with the classification of the award since the committee cannot nominate him or her for an alternative honour or awards.
 
Nomination forms can be collected from the Premier’s Office in Grand Turk and Providenciales; District Commissioners Office in North Caicos, South Caicos, Middle Caicos and Salt Cay, Government Website and other areas throughout the community.
 
Your completed nominations formed should be delivered in a sealed envelope to the Premier’s Office, District Commissioners office or any member of the Committee Marked:
National Honours and Awards Committee
Office of the Premier
Turks and Caicos Islands
 
The form only introduces your nominee. You may add additional information regarding your nominee’s work, service and merits on an additional page to support your reason why your nominee should be so honoured; whether documents, newspaper clippings, letters, testimonials.
 
Nominations must be submitted by June 30th 2017.
 
Committee Members:
Mr. Oliver Mills
Chairman
 
Mr. Samuel Handfield 
Member
 
Mrs Medline Mills 
Member
 
Mr. Duke Delancy
Member
 
Mrs. Albert Capron 
Member
 
Mr. Sonny Forbes
Member

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association plays crucial role in embedding good governance in Turks and Caicos with post-election seminar for newly elected Members of the Legislature

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has held a post-election seminar for newly elected Members of the Turks and Caicos Legislature to strengthen parliamentary practice and procedure following the recent elections. The CPA is the only Commonwealth body that works to strengthen territorial assemblies and legislatures such as the House of Assembly in Turks and Caicos as well as national, state and provincial legislatures. The relationship between Turks and Caicos and the CPA is key in providing a platform to develop good parliamentary practice within the UK Overseas Territories and to share good practice with other similar legislatures across the Commonwealth.
 
In her address at the opening ceremony, Turks and Caicos Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, MHA said that she wholeheartedly welcomed the CPA seminar, the purpose of which is to equip local Parliamentarians with the tools and knowledge they need to better serve the people who elected them. She further encouraged: "It is so important that as Parliamentarians we sharpen our skills and that we keep doing so to better equip ourselves.”
 
On 15 December 2016, Turks and Caicos held transparent, free and fair elections for the second time since the introduction of the interim administration in 2009. The elections demonstrated the islands’ commitment to the democratic ideals and standards upon which the Commonwealth is founded and the ideals enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter. The election also resulted in the first female Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands signifying a strong commitment to gender equality and the importance of women’s political leadership.
 
The CPA Post-Election Seminar in Turks and Caicos provided an excellent opportunity for newly elected Members of the House of Assembly to ask questions about parliamentary practice and procedure and provided Members with a better understanding of the parliamentary system and democratic processes in other Commonwealth jurisdictions. The seminar was opened by Hon. Dwayne S. Taylor, MHA, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Turks and Caicos. Commitment to improving democratic processes in the legislature was demonstrated by the active participation in the seminar of Members from all sides of the House. 
 
The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan also addressed Members at the CPA Post-Election Seminar. 
 
The CPA Secretary-General said; “The Post-Election Seminar in Turks and Caicos demonstrates the CPA’s commitment to our Small Branches and to the territorial legislatures that we represent. I am delighted to visit the CPA Turks and Caicos Branch to share good practice with local Members on issues such as the importance of Codes of Conduct as a tool to help address the trust deficit in Parliaments; the importance of gender equality in parliament; and the essential role that an effective Committee can play. This peer-to-peer learning and bringing together of expertise from across the Commonwealth, goes to the heart of the CPA’s key strength as an Association.”
 
The newly elected Members of the House of Assembly heard from experts from across the Commonwealth including: Hon. Shirley Osborne, MLA, Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly; Hon. Dave Levac, MPP, Speaker of the Ontario Legislative Assembly, Canada; Mrs Jacqui Sampson-Miguel, Clerk of the House of Representatives, Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago; as well as local Members and officials from Turks and Caicos.
 
Following the CPA seminar, a CPA Roadshow for over 150 young people was held at the Helena Jones Robinson High School Auditorium in Turks and Caicos as part of the CPA Roadshows tour of Commonwealth schools and universities. The CPA Secretary-General was accompanied at the CPA Roadshow by the Speaker; the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition; and many Members of the House of Assembly of Turks and Caicos.
 
Students had the opportunity to discuss the importance of the Commonwealth and of parliamentary democracy with the CPA Secretary-General. The Premier of Turks and Caicos spoke to students about what unites them with each other and with others across the Commonwealth and to recognise that focusing on unity will benefit all citizens in Turks and Caicos. Hon. Shirley Osborne, MLA spoke about the work of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) as the CWP regional representative for the Caribbean Region and she highlighted the great success of women’s representation in Turks and Caicos with women occupying many senior positions in all three arms of the state – executive, legislature and judiciary. Hon. Shirley Osborne also reminded young people that parliaments work best when all people including women govern together. 
 
The CPA Roadshows provide an opportunity for young people to learn about the political values of the Commonwealth such as diversity, development and parliamentary democracy; to discuss issues of concern about the society in which they live; and to find out about the work of the CPA. 
 
During the CPA visit to Turks and Caicos, the CPA Secretary-General held a range of bilateral meetings with the Speaker of the House of Assembly; the Premier; the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Charles W. Misick, OBE, JP, MHA; and His Excellency the Governor of Turks and Caicos, Dr John Freeman, CMG. 
 
The Secretary-General discussed the range of parliamentary strengthening programmes that the CPA offers to its members and is developing to support the professional development of Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff. The newly-elected Members attended the CPA Post-Election Seminar, which took place in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, from 7 to 9 June 2017, hosted by the CPA Turks and Caicos Branch.
 

TCI COMPLETES NATIONAL RISK ASSESSMENT ON MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORIST FINANCING

A team from the Financial Market Integrity Unit of the World Bank Group is in the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist in the completion of a National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. The risk assessment process itself is organized, led and undertaken by the national Anti-Money Laundering Committee using the World Bank Group’s self-assessment methodology. The Hon. Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles OBE chairs the Anti-Money Laundering Committee.
 
The assessment aims to identify the primary money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF) risks in the country through a comprehensive analysis that will facilitate the making of comprehensive action plans to allow for a consistent approach to decrease the levels of risks, and strengthen controls and supervisory oversight in each sector. This will help allocate resources for the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing more effectively and efficiently, while meeting international standards as established by e.g., the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
 
The World Bank Group has assisted the Turks and Caicos Islands in understanding the underlying methodology and in the use of the tool. This way, the Turks and Caicos Islands will build the capacity to undertake future risk assessments with no or minimal external support. The self-assessment methodology supports collaboration between the different government agencies and private sector parties that are jointly responsible for the country’s anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing efforts. The World Bank Group has supported over seventy (70) countries in performing their national risks assessments since 2010.
 
The Turks and Caicos Islands National Risk Assessment was launched during the first initial workshop which was held over the period October 21-23, 2014. This second and final workshop marks the end of the NRA project with around fifty stakeholders and representatives from both the public and private sectors from 26th and 27th June 2017 at the Blue Haven Resort Conference
 
Room on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands from 8am to 4:30pm daily with a half day closed policymakers’ workshop on 28th June 2017.
 
Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles said; “This exercise will provide an opportunity for the Turks and Caicos Islands to evaluate whether existing legislative and administrative arrangements are adequate and sufficient to address existing and emerging threats in line with international standards. The assessment will also assist the TCI, including financial sector stakeholders to apply a risk-based approach in their business practices. We have had the support of both public and private sector stakeholders and are very grateful for their collaboration.”
 
For more information on the National Risk Assessment, please contact Khalila Astwood, Principal Crown Counsel, International at the TCI Attorney General Chambers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Paul Coleman Head of the Compliance Unit at the Turks and Caicos Financial Services Commission at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.