PREMIER ON BREXIT PROCESS

“Late last week, as Premier, I received a joint official communique on the critical matter of Brexit from Mr. Robin Walker, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Rt Hon Baroness Anelay, Minister of State for the Overseas Territories.

“The country would recall that I traveled to the UK for a Meeting on February 7, 2017 that was attended by Overseas Territories (OT) Leaders and representatives from all inhabited territories of HM Government of Gibraltar participating as observers. The UK OTs also used this opportunity to meet in its separate association (UKOTA) to share our immediate and individual concerns.  The UK Government has since triggered Article 50 to begin the process for the UK to leave the EU. This process is expected to take about 2 years”, said Premier Hon. Sharlene Robinson.

She continued; “The Turks and Caicos Islands and all other OTs will be affected by this decision and we have already in the meeting of February 7th, 2017 shared our concerns with the Rt Hon Baroness Anelay and Mr. Robin Walker. The Turks and Caicos as a beneficiary of EU funding continues to have this as an immediate concern and to a lesser extent the freedom of movement. The UK had then and as recent as last week, has again committed to a dialogue with its OTs and it is proposed that this dialogue be managed through expert-level, sector specific roundtable meetings. The UK has set dates for the sector specific roundtables and Tracy Knight of the Premier’s London Office will attend on TCIG’s behalf.”

In addition to the technical round tables, the FCO will continue to hold discussions with OT representatives on wider policy issues and interests linked to EU exit, including OT priorities and options for their future relationship with the EU.

The Joint Ministerial Council Terms of Reference has been issued and the UK – Overseas Territories JMC on European Negotiations Framework for Technical Level Dialogue states that the aim of these round tables will be:

  1. To ensure that the UK Departments have comprehensive information on OT interests in relation to EU exit in areas of their policy competence;
  2. To understand OT desired outcomes on areas of EU negotiations that affect them;
  3. To develop further the technical papers produced on key issues in advance of the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC);
  4. To feed into development of UK policy and its evolution during the EU negotiation.

The UK Ministers and Territory Leaders have agreed to two further political meetings of the JMC in 2017.

“This is an important issue for the Turks and Caicos Islands and I will continue to update the people of these Islands on this issue as it develops.”

 

OFFICE OF THE PREMEIR - PUBLIC CONSULTATION DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

 

In 2014 the Government took a decision to cease observing Daylight Saving Time as the standard time for the Turks and Caicos Islands and in 2015 declared Atlantic Standard Time (AST) as the standard time for the Islands.

In response to an outreach of citizens expressing their concerns of public safety during the darker mornings following the adoption of Atlantic standard time. My government has agreed in Cabinet to undertake a month-long consultation on reinstatement of Daylight Saving Time and the impact and effects of the adoption of the Atlantic Standard Time (AST). 

The Office of the Premier in collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, cordially invites all stakeholders to participate in providing feedback regarding AST and how it affects you and your community.

The daylight saving documentation and short questionnaire is accessible via the government website and further comments can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Should you have additional comments on the matter please see below the following ways to respond:

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

Online Survey at the following links https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/daylightsaving

See additional information attached below:

'Consultation Paper on Daylight Saving Time'. 

 

 

 

MINISTRY OF HEALTH PROVIDES UPDATE ON MEASLE EXPOSURE

On April 1st, 2017, the surveillance team at the ministry received an unofficial report that a crew member from a West Jet flight that flew into the TCI, was diagnosed with measles.  On Sunday, the Ministry contacted the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) requesting confirmation of the information.  On Monday, PAHO through contact with the Canadian Public Health Agency confirmed the suspicion of the positive case.  The crew member worked seven (7) flights, one of which flew into the TCI on March 24th, 2017.  It was confirmed that the crew member did not deplane, but, because of the contact with passengers, who were visitors in the island, it is necessary for the surveillance system to be vigilant and extra sensitive to detect any secondary cases early.  The World Health Organization has also confirmed over 500 cases of measles in Europe since January 2017. 

Measles is a highly infectious disease accompanied by rash with fever and at least one of these three symptoms: coryza (runny nose), cough and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The rash starts behind the ears and then spreads to the head and neck, followed by the rest of the body.  Other symptoms include small greyish white spots with a bluish-white center inside the mouth, cheek and throat and body aches.  It is spread through droplet infection; coughs and sneezes.  The period when a person is infectious and can spread the virus is within 7 to 10 days of exposure, but can be up to 14 days.  The number one way of preventing measles is through the vaccination with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine.  This vaccine is offered free of cost at all primary health care facilities.

The Turks and Caicos Islands has maintained high coverage, over 95%, in the MMR vaccine.  We have very good immunity in the country.  The last reported case of measles in the TCI was in 1991.  Although, we have good immunity, persons who are not protected with the vaccine, are at an increased risk of contracting the virus.  The TCI is home to over one million visitors annually; this places the country at risk for importation and re-introduction of measles cases.

To be considered fully protected against measles, the individual must have two doses of the MMR vaccine.  The TCI offers this at ages 1 and 2 years.  Parents who are uncertain about their child’s immunization status should bring their take-home vaccine cards into any primary care clinic to have it checked.  Persons who are uncertain of their immunization status may also visit the clinic to determine their status and be vaccinated if necessary.  If you are concerned that you might have been exposed, please contact your health care provider.

For more information please contact a public health nurse at your local Primary Health Care clinic on 338- 5474, 338-5470 or 946-5613 or, you may contact your local health care provider.

Help us keep TCI, measles free!