PREMIER OFF TO LONDON FOR JOINT MINISTERIAL COUNCIL 2018

 

The Premier Honourable Sharlene Cartwright Robinson will travel to London to attend the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) alongside other leaders from the United Kingdom Overseas Territories (UKOTs) from the 3rd thru 7th December 2018.

The JMC is the highest political forum under the 2012 White Paper, bringing together United Kingdom Ministers, elected Leaders and Representatives of the Overseas Territories for the purpose of providing leadership and a shared vision for the Territories. The mandate is to monitor and drive forward collective priorities for action in the spirit of partnership.

 

Prior to the start of the JMC, the Premier will attend a full day of meetings, organized by the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA).  On Monday, 3rd December, the Premier will attend an Environment Workshop alongside representatives from Her majesty’s Government (HMG) and Non-Government Organizations. Following these talks, the Premier will be engaged with the UKOTA Political Council which this year will be Chaired by the Hon. Alden McLoughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands.

 

The JMC plenary sessions will take place on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 December. The areas of priority to be discussed during the JMC sessions by UKOTs and HMG include:

  • The United Kingdom’s Exit from the European Union and the impact on the Overseas Territories.
  • The Constitutional Relationship between the UK and the Overseas Territories.
  • Safeguarding vulnerable people including children and he mentally ill
  • Financial Services
  • Defense, Trade and Investment
  • Disaster Management

 

During the Premier’s week-long trip to London, she will have bilateral talks with Lord Ahmed, Minister with responsibility for the Overseas Territories inside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on a range of issues pertinent to the Turks and Caicos Islands. 

The Premier along with the other Overseas Territory Leaders will meet the Prime Minister for tea on Tuesday 4 December.

 

Premier Cartwright-Robinson will give evidence to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Evidence Session on behalf of the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands as part of their ongoing inquiry into relationship between the HMG and the Overseas Territories.

Additionally, the Premier will attend Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, 4th December along with other OT Leaders, UK Representatives of the Overseas Territories and the Diplomatic core in the United Kingdom.

 

Travelling to London with the Premier to attend this week long of meetings will be the Deputy Premier, Hon. Sean Astwood, Director of the Premier’s Office Ronlee James and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Premier, Bernadia Smith.

 

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International Volunteer’s Day – December 5th, 2018

“Volunteers Build Resilient Communities” - “The hands that make a difference are the hands of a Volunteer”.

 

December 5th is recognized as International Volunteers Day (IVD) on an annual basis, as mandated by the United Nations General Assembly (UN).  International Volunteer’s Day was established in 1985 as an observance day to celebrate the power and potential of Volunteerism.

According to the UN, this year’s theme, “Volunteers build Resilient Communities,” focuses on how volunteers worldwide contribute to making their communities more resilient against hazards (natural and man-made) that can result in disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. 

 

This year as we celebrate, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) recognizes the relentless efforts of Volunteers, who answer the call in times of need for the common dignity of all.  The Department says a warm Thank You to the Volunteers, throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands, who continue to support and provide assistance when required.  Your dedication and commitment to the Department and service to Country has not gone unnoticed. We also take this opportunity to encourage all interested persons to volunteer today and become a part of the DDME Volunteer Team.

Finally, in recognition of IVD 2018, the General Public is advised that our CERT and CURE Volunteers, in partnership with the TCI Red Cross and ADRA, will be distributing of Disaster Awareness pamphlets in the various communities across the Turks and Caicos Islands on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018.

 

For more information on how to become a volunteer and application forms, please visit the DDME Offices in Providenciales or Grand Turk, your local District Commissioner’s Office, or our website at www.gov.tc/ddme/forms.

 

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The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services Launches TCI Status Merit-Based Points System Survey and Online Consultation

 

Background information

The Turks and Caicos Islands’ Government seeks to adopt a merit based point system in accordance with the Turks and Caicos Islander Status Ordinance 2015, and for a modern, transparent and fair application of a pre-defined protocol in the treatment of applications.

The Turk and Caicos Islander Status Ordinance 2015, Sections 12 and 13 establishes a Turks and Caicos Islander Status Commission with the responsibility of reviewing applications for the grant of Islander Status, otherwise then by marriage, and for making recommendations to the Governor for the grant of such status.

In reviewing such applications, sections 4(7)(i) and 4(9) of the cited ordinance require the Commission to consider whether or not an applicant meets any prescribed criteria, as may be set by the Governor, as guidelines for the evaluation of the degree to which an applicant’s personal and professional attributes proves valuable to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

This approach will clearly outline the needs and requirement of the country for persons seeking to obtain permanent status as a Turks and Caicos Islander. 

Similar point and merit based systems are currently being used by a number of countries like the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada to regulate and coordinate the composition and growth of their populations in order to meet and satisfy the economic and immigration needs and goals of their nations.  

The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services therefore invites the public, to review and provide feedback to the values, attributes and considerations for a merit based system by undertaking a survey.

 

Benefits

The key outcomes of the new system will be:

  • Better identifying and attracting of migrants who have the most to contribute to the Turks and Caicos Islands;
  • A more efficient, transparent and objective application process;
  • Improved compliance and reduced scope for abuse.

 

Purpose of survey

The survey seeks to gain an understanding of those attributes and values that the public deems to be most beneficial to the long term development and growth of the population in having persons qualify to be granted Turks and Caicos Islander Status.

The survey seeks to rank those values that the public deems as the priorities to be considered in a merit based system.

The survey seeks to understand the needs and attitudes of person towards the systems of citizenship and ways to gain status in the TCI.

Furthermore, the survey is designed to rank and extrapolate the value persons place on the tiers and levels as indicators and educators of entry to immigration.

 

Duration

The survey will be online for three weeks starting December 1st – 21st, 2018.

 

Method

The survey will be the primary method of collection of public opinions.

The survey will also be printed and distributed at the DC offices of the outer islands and in the Grand Turk and Providenciales Customer Service Centers for persons without online access.

In addition to the survey persons are invited to send comments/opinions in relation to the proposed points system to the following email address that will be accessible during this consultation period:
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Target audience

The survey and methods will be targeted to all citizens in the TCI.   In particular, the survey seeks the input of Turks and Caicos Islanders and those having obtained Turks and Caicos Islander Status prior to the commencement of the Turks and Caicos Islander Status Ordinance 2015.

 

Let Your Voice Be Heard

To access the survey please click the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/islanderstatus

 

Turks and Caicos Islands Points-Based System for Grant of Islander Status Survey Survey

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