FIRST BOARD MEMBERS APPOINTED TO INVEST TCI

The creation of a new inward investment agency for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) took a major step forward with the appointment of its first Board members, it was announced today, Friday 17 April 2015.

The TCI Cabinet appointed two Turks and Caicos Islanders, Anton Faessler as Chair, and Mrs. Tremaine Swann-Harvey as Deputy Chair of Invest TCI.

Once the full Board of Directors is appointed, it will be the responsibility of that Board to appoint staff for the new Agency in the usual way, including a chief executive and other senior positions. Turks and Caicos Islanders are encouraged to apply for these roles at the appropriate time.

Separately, on 20 November 2014, the TCI Government issued open tenders for consultancies for the TCIG Business Reform Strategy.  One consultancy was for a Programme Director to lead the Business Reform Strategy initiative and the other consultancy was for an Investment Promotion Expert to assist the Board to develop institutional capacity; to strengthen and support investment promotion and economic development and; develop practical tools for the planning and managing of investments.  Interested Bidders were invited to apply for one or other of the consultancies.  Two tenders from within the TCI were received.

In line with the Public Procurement Ordinance 2012, the Public Procurement Board recommended that the contract should be awarded to TCI permanent resident Colin Heartwell’s consultancy firm British West Indies (BWI) Consulting.  Heartwell is the Director of the National Insurance Board and would have to be released  before his firm takes up this consultancy work with the Invest TCI agency. 

“I am very excited by the potential of Invest TCI, given that we are already one of the fastest growing economies in the Caribbean,” said Minister of Finance Hon. Washington Misick.

“Our economy can only benefit by having an expert team working to bring together the needs of business and government in a more co-ordinated and coherent manner.”

Invest TCI will work with investors who want to do business in the TCI, as well as advising government on how it can create the right environment to encourage trade and streamline the investment process. It replaced the defunct TCInvest, following the coming into force of the Invest Turks and Caicos Ordinance on 1st April 2015, and is planned to be operational by 1 July 2015.

The new Invest TCI agency will build upon the resources of the Ministry of Finance’s Investment Unit, transforming it into a fully functioning statutory body independently operated by a Board of Directors, Chief Executive and other key professionals.

 

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Laboratory Professionals across the Turks and Caicos Islands join their colleagues around the world in celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 19th – 25th, 2015 under the theme Laboratory Professionals Get Results.

Medical Laboratory Professionals week is an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals who play a vital role in every aspect of health care.

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week originated in 1975 as National Medical Laboratory Week under the auspices of the American Society of Medical Technologist, now called the American society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS).

As team members of one of the largest industries in the world, the dedicated efforts of laboratory professionals often go unnoticed by the general public.  Medical Laboratory Professionals week is a time for medical laboratory professionals to celebrate their professionalism and be recognized for their efforts. 

Another goal is to inform and educate medical colleagues and the public about the role of the medical laboratory and the impact of having these dedicated skilled professionals.  Since laboratory professionals often work behind the scenes, few people know about the critical testing they perform every day.

To commemorate this week a number of activities are planned, and will commence on Saturday April 18 - 25th, 2015.

 

These activities include:

Saturday April 18th, 2015

   Church service at the Ephesus SDA Church in Providenciales

 

Sunday April 19th, 2015

   Church service at the Full Truth Apostolic Church in Grand Turk

 

Monday April 20th, 2015

   Health Promotion display and tour at TCI Hospital Laboratories in both Grand Turk and Providenciales for school students and the general public

 

Wednesday April 22nd, 2015

     Appearance on the Breakfast Club radio show

 

Thursday April 23rd, 2015

    A blood drive in Grand Turk

 

For further information please contact: 242-2640

 

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT APPOINTS NEW DISTRICT BOARDS

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government today announced the establishment of the much anticipated District Boards for the Islands of North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay as the springboard on the new pathway towards local empowerment in the management of Government services and activities in these islands. This initiative will also see three new District Commissioners being hired in the islands of Salt Cay, Middle Caicos and North Caicos, for which the Government is currently in the recruitment process.

The new boards, consisting mostly of Turks and Caicos Islanders who ordinarily live in or are descendants of the island to which they are assigned, will have the responsibility of assisting the District Commissioners, who themselves will now have enhanced roles, in the management and development of the island communities. 

The Boards will consist of a Chairperson and six island representatives, along with the District Commissioner, Supervisor of Public Works, Senior Police Officer and Senior Environmental Health Officer of that island who will serve as Ex-Officio members.

The recent passage of the Government Budget for fiscal year 2015/2016 appropriated some $500,000.00 for the maintenance works in these islands as a separate vote which will ensure that these necessary activities are not overlooked, as was previously the case, when lumped together with the maintenance needs of the larger islands. 

The votes will now be managed by the District Commissioners as a part of their expanded portfolios and will be designated for the regular upkeep of schools and other buildings, roads, drains and street cleaning, along with other maintenance services, thereby allowing works to be carried out in a more timely fashion.

On April 1st of this year, during the second phase of a Cabinet Portfolio shift which began in January, responsibility for the District Administration fell to the Office of the Premier, and on release of this recent announcement by Cabinet the Premier.

“The re-establishment of the district boards and the reinforcement of the portfolios of District Commissioner in each of these islands will ensure a robust mechanism for the management and prioritization of the affairs of these communities and will fulfil the Government’s mandate to restore power to the people. 

"This new approach will also bring much needed work and small contracts to the skilled workers in the islands through the guarantee of available funds for the regular maintenance and upkeep of Government interests in the islands.  This strategic management of the island communities demonstrates my Government’s commitment to ensuring that the needs of the people are met in these islands” said Premier the Dr. the Hon. Rufus Ewing. 

“The new district boards will play a vital role in having their input included in the developments of these islands going forward and we as a government look forward to working with them” said Minister for Border Control and Development and also representative for North and Middle Caicos Honourable Donhue Gardiner.