Ministry of Health Launches Fourth Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccination

The Ministry of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce the commencement of roll out of the fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The fourth dose of the vaccine has been launched in a number of countries including the UK and the US to provide additional protection to those who are most vulnerable. The MOH will be offering the fourth dose of the vaccine to those who are in the vulnerable group who received the third dose of the vaccine more than six months previously.

Priority groups for the fourth dose include;

  • adults aged 60 years and over, residents in a care home for older adults
  • individuals aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed

These groups are at the greatest risk of severe illness if they are infected with COVID-19.

To date 85% of the local population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, however only 19 % have received the booster dose.

The COVID-19 vaccine and the booster, remains the most effective way to prevent severe illness during the current pandemic, including severe illness caused by the Omicron variant. Evidence has shown the importance of the booster in preventing hospitalisation and severe outcomes which resulted from the most recent wave of the omicron variant in the US and elsewhere. Data from studies in Israel indicates that a second booster given at least 4 months after the first booster restores antibody levels without raising any new safety concerns. Data also suggest that a second booster provides additional protection against severe disease.

After these priority groups listed above have received the booster, other eligible persons can receive the fourth dose.

Interested persons should discuss the fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine with their health care provider.

 

Climate Change Summit

Wednesday, 20 April - This Friday, 22 April 2022 the Ministry of Tourism, the Environment, Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Culture and Heritage, Agriculture, Religious Affairs and Gaming will be commemorating Earth Day with the first Climate Change Summit under the theme 'Only One Earth: Invest in Our Planet'. The Summit, to be held at the Shore Club on Providenciales, will see the signing of the Climate Change Charter, between the Turks and Caicos Islands' Government (TCIG) and stakeholders of the private sector. 

 

The day-long event will play host to regional and local stakeholders including representatives from Ministries within TCIG, the private sector, and most notably the keynote speaker Honourable Walter Roban, Deputy Premier and Minister for Home Affairs, Bermuda. 

 

"We would like to invite the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands to follow the Climate Change Summit, as we look forward to informative, collaborative and productive panel discussions and presentations from experts in the fields of conservation, tourism, renewable energy and many more!", said Lormeka Williams, Director of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources. 

 

Interested persons can tune into the summit between 9am and 4pm on Friday, via Facebook or YouTube. For the Facebook Live stream, simply go to the TCI Climate Change Summit page to watch the stream. The YouTube stream will go live on 22 April, and can be found here or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qer7FiJAqU0

 

In the words of Honourable MInister Josephine Connolly, "Climate Change may seem abstract, but it is and will continue to impact all of us. It is only through collective collaboration today that we can ensure a resilient tomorrow."

TCIG approves $15 million in Concession package for residents to mitigate against potential inflation in the cost of fuel and food amidst war between Russia and Ukraine

On Wednesday the 15th of March 2022, the Cabinet approved a package of concession relief in the amount of $15 million for Turks and Caicos Islands residents. This included two main reductions in Customs rates as follows: 

  1. It reduced the rate of Fuel Tax from 85 cents down to 64cents; 
  2. It reduced the rate of the Customs Processing Fee (CPF) across the board on the importation of all goods, from 7.5% down to 5%. 

This will take effect on the 1st of April 2022, for an initial period of 12 months, subject to review by TCIG.  The ASYCUDA World customs declaration database will be configured to automatically calculate these reductions at the point that the declaration is made. A Customs Procedure code will be created and disseminated to all Customs Brokers shortly.  The Government, the Ministry of Immigration and Border Services, and the Department of Trade encourage all businesses to ensure that the benefits of these concession reductions are passed on to the consumers. Mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that these benefits are felt by the consumer. 

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - BOARD OF DIRECTORS - TURKS AND CAICOS NATIONAL WEALTH FUND

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is requesting responses to this request for expressions of interest to serve as a Board Member to the Board of Directors for the National Wealth Fund (NWF).

Ministry with Responsibility for the National Wealth Fund

The Ministry of Finance, Investment and Trade has purview of the NWF and references to “Minister” relates to the Minister for Finance.

Background

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government through Ordinance 7 of 2017 established the Turks and Caicos National Wealth Fund.   The Fund currently has $25.9m (twenty-five point nine million United States Dollars) to be distributed among three funds: the (a) Stabilisation Fund; (b) Infrastructure and Competitiveness Fund; and (c) Heritage Fund.

Role of the Board of Director of the NWF

The Board of the Directors of the Turks and Caicos National Wealth Fund are charged with the responsibilities of management and oversight of the Fund.

Composition of the National Wealth Fund Board

According to the Turks and Caicos National Wealth Fund Ordinance, Section 19 (2, 3 and 4) The Board shall comprise of the following members appointed by the Minister as follows—

(a) the Permanent Secretary Finance;

(b) the Attorney General;

(c) a person nominated by the Governor;

(d) a person nominated by the Leader of the Opposition; and

(e) not more than five persons from the private sector.  

(3) The persons appointed under subsections (2)(c) to (e) shall be persons professionally qualified with seven years recognised standing and proven competence in one or more of the following areas—

(i)  investment;

(ii)  finance;

(iii) economics or economic development;

(iv) law;

(v)  accounting and auditing;

(vi) risk management;

(vii) business management;

(viii) corporate finance; and

(ix) securities. 

(4) The Minister shall appoint one of the appointed members as the chairperson.

Remuneration

Any expenses of the NWF incurred in the performance of its functions will be payable out of money appropriated by the House of Assembly for that purpose.

Further Details

Detailed information on this opportunity to serve can be found on the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands website: https://online.fliphtml5.com/pejq/bgxc/                                                                                                                   

Submission

We invite you to submit your application:

Via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Subject: REOI – Board of Director – TC National Wealth Fund

Please include the following in your application: Cover Letter (one page) outlining your interest, your Resume, and the names of two references.

Deadline: March 21 2022

ENDS

 

COUNTDOWN TO QUEEN’S BATON RELAY – 37 DAYS AWAY FROM ARRIVAL TO THE TURKS AND CAICOS – APRIL 6-8, 2022 - UNVEILING OF BILLBOARDS

The Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton will be in the Turks and Caicos Islands from April 6-8, 2022 as part of its epic journey to 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth, containing the Queen’s Message for the Athletes of the 22nd Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham, United Kingdom 28 July - 8 August 2022.  

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities from across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. 

To commemorate the Turks and Caicos’ arrival, billboards will be unveiled on every inhabited island simultaneously, at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday 1st March 2022.  This unveiling will be the kick off to the local media interest and awareness drive during the entire month of March until the Baton’s arrival.  

The Baton will arrive at the Providenciales International Airport at 10:55 a.m. via Inter Caribbean Airways JY271 from the Bahamas and will be met by H.E. The Governor, H.E. Deputy Governor, Honourable Premier, Minister of Sports, Minister of Tourism, Leader of the Opposition, other Dignitaries, President of the CGA and Executive Members, who will receive the Baton, Members of the Media as well as school children, civic organizations and residents.     

During each visit, nations and territories will host events and activities that showcase untold stories from Baton bearers, athletes and young people who are striving for change in their community, as well as showcasing a project that addresses at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

The global journey will conclude at the Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony where the final Baton bearer will return the Baton to Her Majesty the Queen for reading to the 4,500 athletes taking part in 11 days of spectacular sport, culture and comradery.    

Commonwealth Games Federation President, Dame Louise Martin DBE, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is one of the most special aspects of the Commonwealth Games as it so vividly symbolises the friendship, respect and unity across our 72 nations and territories.” 

President of the Commonwealth Games Association, Mr Godfrey Been, said: “The Baton will visit the Turks and Caicos on its epic journey for the 5th time in the history of the Queen’s Baton Relay, making its debut for the first time in 2006 under the presidency of Mrs Rita Gardiner, OBE, who will be organizing the events once again along with the CGA Members and the Queen’s Baton Relay Committee.        

Although we are going through unprecedented times we are looking to host the Baton with the utmost care and protection for all those involved and following the Covid-19 protocols. 

As always, we will include the School Children and ensure that every island and cay throughout the length and breadth of the Turks and Caicos is represented with a visit and will showcase their best attributes:  our hospitality, great cuisine, world class beaches and historic sites.”  

Coordinator of the Queen’s Baton Relay, Mrs Rita Gardiner, said: “The CGA is very pleased to partner with the Governor’s Office, Premier’s Office, Ministry of Tourism and the Tourist Board, Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ministry of Culture, thereby ensuring that the Queen’s Baton Relay 2022 will be a huge success as we carry out our objectives of Youth Empowerment and Sustainability.’ 

Rita J. Gardiner, OBE
Coordinator, QBR 

February 28, 2022 

 

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