LANDS DIVISION STAGES ROADSHOWS

 

The Lands Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers will be hosting weekly Road Shows in six (6) islands from March 17, 2017 to April 21, 2017 under the theme “Empowering Our People, Building Our Nation.

The schedule of the Road Show is provided below:

DATE                                      ISLAND                                                 VENUE

March 17, 2017                  Providenciales                                   Butterfield Square

March 24, 2017                  Salt Cay                                                Community Centre

March 30, 2017                  South Caicos                                      Regatta Village

April 6, 2017                        North Caicos                                      Horse Stable Beach

April 7, 2017                        Middle Caicos                                    Community Centre

April 21, 2017                     Grand Turk                                          Town Gazebo

The aim of the Road Shows is to sensitize and offer guidance to members of the public who are desirous of obtaining information about land and the procedures to be followed in relation to a series of land related transactions including:

•                    Services and products of the Lands Division

•                    Acquiring Crown Land by lease or sale

•                    Recent land policy changes

•                    Laws affecting property owners or person with interests in property        Government duties and fees payable on land transactions

•                    Buying or transferring of property

•                    Valuation of properties by Government Valuation Officers

The Lands Divisions will also showcase its achievements and indicate some of its future plans.

Tatum Clerveaux, Commissioner of Lands indicated; “The Lands Division was formally established in 2012 as a result of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government Public Sector Reform Programme. Its main objective is to ensure that the land resource of the Turks and Caicos Islands, which is the country’s most important and critical asset, is used in an efficient and responsible way in order to achieve the sustainable development of the Islands. The Lands Division, which falls under the aegis of the Attorney General’s Chambers, is  comprised of four main departments; namely, the Crown Land Unit, Survey and Mapping Department, Valuation Department and the Land Registry. By merging the various land functions under a single umbrella, it is envisioned that the delivery of the services of the various departments will be more efficient.”

The Commissioner further added; “The vision of the Lands Division is to be a modern land management agency that puts customers and quality at the heart of the services offered. Its overarching mission is to facilitate improvement in the quality of life of all Turks and Caicos Islanders through professional, transparent and efficient administration, equitable access, secure tenure and sustainable management of our land resources.”

With this is mind the Lands Division wishes to enlighten its customers by embarking on a public education campaign to sensitize Turks and Caicos Islanders about the products and services of the Lands Division so as to provide equitable access to information and guidance to all.

All are encouraged to come out and participate in the Lands Division’s Road Shows.

MINISTRY OF TOURISM COMMENTS ON RECENT INCIDENTS OF CRIME

The Ministry of Tourism has noted with grave concern the increase in the incidents of crime against our people and our visitors in recent times.

While the Turks and Caicos Islands remains one of the safest destinations in the region, if not in the world, a single attack against any innocent person is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

The Ministry would like to encourage, in the strongest way possible, our people to cooperate with law enforcement by reporting crimes which will aid in bringing the perpetrators to justice. We would especially like to appeal to anyone with information of crime against our visitors to report it to the local authorities or to crime stoppers.

Minister, Honorable Ralph Higgs commented; “As Minister of Tourism I would like to thank our guests for visiting the Turks and Caicos and urge them to have an enjoyable and relaxing vacation but to exercise vigilance as we seek to restore the Turks and Caicos Islands that you have come to know and love.”

The Ministry would like to remind Turks and Caicos Islanders, residents and visitors alike, legal or illegal, that any crime against our citizens can negatively affect our image as a low crime destination and any crime against our tourists is an attack on our very livelihood which can contribute to the death of our tourism sector.

The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture stands steadfast with law enforcement and TCIG as a whole in its fight against criminal activity across our country.

The Turks and Caicos Islands is known worldwide for our pristine beaches, exquisite under water sites, and friendly people. We all have a part to play in maintaining this reputation. The Ministry urges you to join law enforcement and TCIG in the fight against crime for the sake of our beloved country.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MESSAGE FROM THE DESK OF THE PREMIER HON. SHARLENE CARTWRIGHT-ROBINSON

My people from across the length and breadth of our beautiful by nature Turks and Caicos Islands, it is indeed an honour for me to address you today, as we join the billions of people across the world in celebrating International Women’s Day.

Whilst as your Premier, and as a woman, I support the daily recognition of our women, as wives, as mothers, as sisters, as daughters, and as friends, today is especially marked for the reminiscence of the women who throughout time have endured the struggle and those who led and fought the fight for equality within their nations. Industrially, it has been a long but good fight for the women of many countries and indeed it has been a victorious fight for the women of these Turks and Caicos Islands.

Over the years we have witnessed the evolution of the role of the woman from predominance in the home, to predominance in the school, to predominance in the workplace and, in recent years, predominance in politics. In fact, the non-traditional role of the woman has overtaken the role of the male in many aspects and the paradigm shift has seen gender inequality tipping towards the male in 2017.

Whilst our success as women industrially is significant and should be celebrated, we must also strive to strike and maintain the balance as the career professional woman and the nurturer family woman to ensure that there is no renunciation of our role in the home and the society and that we continue to play our part as mothers, wives and as participants in civic and social organizations.

We must continue to support the family unit realizing that, as feminists, we are ultimately responsible for the teaching and nurturing of our children through love, kindness, helpfulness and as the weavers of the moral and social fabric of our society.

 In recognition of the role that women play in our lives, we must also recommit to the support, edification and protection of our women. We must make every effort to ensure proper legislations, policies and facilities are in place and functional for the protection of our women. I am therefore calling on Governments the world over to do our utmost to ensure that our women and our girls are protected from domestic abuse and violence, and protected from rape, molestation and other sexual offences.

Finally, let us also ensure that we continue to provide the fundamental access to systems and programs that will support female development and success, today and long into the future, so that we, as women, continue to be lifted up, honoured, supported and recognized for the profound role that we play the world over and especially in these beautiful by nature Turks and Caicos Islands.