CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT UNIT HOSTS CONTRACTORS WORKSHOP AROUND THE ISLANDS

The Contracts and Procurement Unit within the Office of the Deputy Governor in collaboration with the Project Management Division in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning recently hosted a ‘Contractor’s Workshop’ around the TCI.

The workshops commenced on Thursday 29th June in Salt Cay, followed by meetings in Grand Turk, South Caicos, Middle and North Caicos and ended in Providenciales on Thursday 6th July.

The objective of the workshops were to bring more awareness primarily to the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) capital program and to a lesser extent the annual maintenance works program by educating and exposing current and potential contractors to the vast array of opportunities that exist.

The list of current and open tenders can be found on TCIG’s website at https://gov.tc/government-tenders/. In addition, TCIG’s Annual Procurement Plan which details all capital projects, the approved budget for the project and the proposed quarter the project will be released can be found at https://gov.tc/other-procurement-notices.

It is anticipated that the majority of projects will be released by the Contracts and Procurement Unit and the Project Management Division between July to December. Due to this, we would encourage interested persons to check the website regularly. Moreover, it is the intention of the team to conduct follow-up meetings across the islands throughout the course of the current financial year.

TCI HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY SPEAKER AND MEMBERS ATTEND 42ND REGIONAL CONFERENCE

His Honour the Speaker and Members of the House of Assembly attended the 42nd Regional Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association held in Basseterre, St. Christopher from the 16th to the 24th June, 2017.
 
The official opening was on Monday, June 19th, 2017 where a number of Speakers and other Parliamentarians from the region were in attendance. The Governor General H.E. Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton and Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts, the Premier and Deputy Premier of St. Nevis was also in attendance.
 
The Regional Conference resumes as its Annual General Meeting convenes every year with the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians who assembled from June 16th, 2017 for their 11th Annual Meeting and conference, their theme: “Next Steps in Strategizing for Women’s Leadership in the Caribbean Political Space”. This speaks to the preparation, training and involvement in front line Politics for women and how the Region and Commonwealth can assist in giving women the leverage to be able to access the Political Barriers that normally hinder women from ascending to top positions within Party Politics and plateauing to senior positions or given the opportunity to canvas to run for political office, hence gender being diminished.
 
The Conference theme sessions narrative was geared towards addressing the importance of engendering positive perceptions of Parliaments and Parliamentarians. The negative and positive effects the Media forged in enhancing Parliamentary democracy.
 
The underlying factors that presently exist and the perception in the wider Caribbean, is that Parliaments are exclusive, isolated and discreet when it comes to the involvement and dissemination of information to the Public, while the Parliamentarians are corrupt, selfish and don’t live up to their word or promises. 
 
Public Education by Parliaments and Parliamentarians have to do a better job by connecting with their constituents, and the public wanting to hear the local issues being addressed because their perception is that Parliaments come off as a rubber-stamp rather than addressing the authentic needs of the people, and the people not understanding how Parliaments processes work.
 
The role of the media can be an asset to be involved in the process by providing the conduit for public education. However, Social Media and other media outlets can also be seen as references of doom and gloom because information coming to the public from Parliaments and Parliamentarians are of an obscured and ill-reporting nature, has caused our Politicians and Parliaments to be seen in a most negative light.
 
The Turks and Caicos Islands has been viewed in a positive light because of the many organizational systems such as, the Integrity Commission, Complaints Commission, Auditor General’s Office and their play to insure good governance, not discounting other aspects of our Parliamentary democratic systems; The Appropriation Committee, Public Accounts Committee and many other standing committees that create the checks and balances for other Statutory bodies, breathes a breath of fresh air for the Turks and Caicos Islands and our approach to allowing these procedures and practices to be in the viewing and hearing of the public by various Media Houses for scrutiny and transparency.
 
What was most significant and inviting, the highlight of Turks and Caicos Islands was seen and used as a model for other democracies in the region to emulate, regarding the vast involvement and inclusion of women parliamentarians and the recent election of the first woman Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands regarding the mature democratic approach to include women in leadership roles and capacities.
 
The Turks and Caicos Islands was well represented as His Honour the Speaker was one of the presenters at the same regional conference on the topic, “Enhancing Caribbean Parliamentary Democracy via public and media participation”. Other presenters on the same topic were, Hon. Dr. Dhanayshar Mahabir of Trinidad and Tobago and Hon. Randy Horton (Speaker) of Bermuda.
 
Turks and Caicos Islands was also nominated as a member of the Regional Executive Committee which joins in the executive decision making for the region on Parliamentary Matters.
 
The Delegation attending the 42nd Regional Conference:
· Hon. Dwayne S. Taylor, MHA – Speaker
· Hon. Derek Taylor, OBE, JP, MHA
· Hon. Porsha Stubbs-Smith, MHA
· Mrs. Tracey I. Parker – Clerk to the House of Assembly

TCI CUSTOMS TEAM TRAVEL TO CAYMAN ISLANDS FOR TRAINING/ATTACHMENT

On Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 a delegation comprising of members of the Turks & Caicos Islands Custom Department travelled to the Cayman Islands. The purpose of the trip was to focus on strengthening our enforcement initiatives and capacity building. To seek ways of enhancing the overall structure and capabilities of the investigative and enforcement unit.  The team consisted of June Harry, Assistant Collector (Enforcement), Gregston Been, Senior Customs Officer (Intelligence/Investigations Unit) and Alton Scott, Customs Officer (Anti-Smuggling Unit)

The Cayman Islands Customs Department was chosen because of its advanced enforcement operations and tools, particularly pertaining to baggage, containerized scanning, commercial imports and exports, fraud, intelligence gathering and analysis narcotics interdiction. 

Team members were attached to various sections of the department including:

  • Commercial fraud unit
  • Joint Intelligence Unit
  • Intelligence/Investigations Unit
  • Airport
  • Seaport
  • Container/postal/Courier
  • Bonds/Warehousing
  • FSI  (freight security initiative)
  • Maritime
  • Firearm handling
  • Duty collections
  • Narcotics Enforcement (CNET)
  • Joint Police & Customs Marine Unit

Mrs. Harry stated; “The training was extremely beneficial to us. It gave us the opportunity to gain valuable ‘on the job’ training in different aspects of the operation of a number of areas within the Customs Department. We began with classroom training which covered: Note taking, Statements, Modes and powers of arrest, Role of the professional standards units, Management by objectives, Time Management, Relationship with Prosecutor and Investigator and Stress Management.” 

“Our departmental strategic plan for the next 3 years focuses on strengthening enforcement initiatives. In order for us to make this a reality it is imperative that officers receive the necessary training because proper training will bridge the gap between where we are and where we should be.”

Mr. Been added; “Such partnerships and initiatives can strengthen and help sustain our border protection efforts and also combat common threats We are all grateful for the opportunity to gain a significant amount of knowledge and we are eager to share this knowledge with our comrades here in TCI.  We looking forward to attending the advance training for border protection for Senior Officers and Senior Management which is schedule for September 2017.”