MINISTRY OF TOURISM UNDERTAKES SITE VISITS ON TWIN ISLANDS

A team from the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage & Culture, accompanied by the Minister Hon. Ralph Higgs, members of the DECR & Public Works departments, District Commission and the National Trust, embarked on a series of site visits on the Twin Islands, North and Middle Caicos on 3rd & 4th, May 2017.

Following a recent capital project, the team deployed to the islands for a firsthand assessment of the proposed sites which has been earmarked for development within this Financial Year. The projects comprises of the construction of a Promenade and Craft Market (including a sisal museum), interpretative signage and revamping of heritage and ecological interest sites under the remit of the Turks and Caicos National Trust.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Cherylann Jones, and Deputy Secretary, Michelle Fulford-Gardiner, utilized the opportunity to visit departments and project falling within the auspices of the Ministry.

The visit was a successful one, as the main objective was to garner an understanding of the day to day operations, challenges and constraints experienced by the departments, as well as facilitating the upgrade of core visitor attractions. Management will continue with the familiarization tours of the departments and sites in the ensuing months with the ultimate goal of providing assistance and support to the departments.

Hon. Higgs commented that; “The Ministry was able to meet the staff and get firsthand knowledge of the sites, and the challenges they face. We will make every effort to ensure that these islands receive the attention they need to promote key players in our tourism industry.”

TURKS AND CAICOS GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES 2ND RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR 2017/2018

After successfully launching the official Turks and Caicos Islands 2017-2018 Recruitment Drive in April 2017, the Office of the Deputy Governor has now embarked on the 2nd recruitment drive for 2017/2018.

April 13th 2017, marked the initial launch of what would turn out to be a highly effective recruitment drive that included a number of positions throughout the TCI Civil Service, largely focused on the area of law enforcement. 

The process closed on April 27th 2017 with TCIG having received a total of 640 applications for some 40 positions advertised across government.  This was highlighted by the reception of:  249 applications for the new 11 Primary and Secondary Teacher roles in the Ministry of Education; 115 applications for the 6 new Customs Officer roles in the Ministry of Finance; 127 applications for the 6 new Immigration Officer roles in the Ministry of Border Control and 48 applications for the 2 new Fire Safety Officer roles in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Human Resource Directorate along with the various ministries responsible, is now in the process of conducting the necessary shortlisting and interview process for appointments and numerous announcements will be made regarding these upcoming appointments over the course of the next few weeks. 

Deputy Governor, Hon. Anya Williams commented on the accomplishments of the opening drive for 2017-2018 and the potential leading into the second exercise:  “As a part of our plan to ensure that all positions across government are filled within a reasonable time frame and that departments are able to efficiently deliver on their mandate, our 2017-2018 recruitment drive commenced very early in the new financial year and has already begun to reap success through a significant number of positive responses. 

Whilst we complete the shortlist and interview process for Drive 1, we are now pleased to move into our second drive where we will be releasing a further 40 positions in various fields across government including Road Safety, Planning, Emergency Services, Finance, Border Control and other departments and will be looking forward to similar responses as well.  However, whilst we are pleased with the level of responses, we wish to use this opportunity to encourage both current and prospective civil servants to fully utilize the training and other development opportunities that are available to them through the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College and other institutions, as the continued high volume of applications demonstrates that there is a keen interest in TCIG roles and that persons must adequately prepare themselves to compete for these roles.

As the 2017-2018 Scholarship Application process is also underway we wish to encourage potential students to pursue the area of Teaching and Education which remains an under subscribed field of study in the Turks and Caicos Islands and still relies heavily on overseas recruitment.

The Turks and Caicos Civil Service boasts of over 90% local employment across government and over 75% locals in senior management positions, however, as there are still gaps to be filled in the area of Teaching, Engineering, Agriculture and Nursing, we encourage Turks and Caicos Islanders to further pursue studies in these areas which are vital to government.

CDB to discuss regional productivity, tourism industry reform at 47th Annual Meeting

April 24, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will release two major studies to support the Region’s economic growth agenda at the 47th Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors. The flagship event will be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands from May 24-25, 2017.
 
“The studies will analyze two issues that are key to advancing economic growth in the Caribbean –regional productivity and tourism industry reform. The findings of this research will provide countries in the Region with insights, data and information that could guide policymaking and action to facilitate sustainable growth,” said Dr. Justin Ram, Director of Economics, CDB.
 
One study is entitled, “Enhancing Productivity and Growth in the Caribbean”. It will seek to identify the causes of low productivity and growth in the Region, and put forward recommendations for initiatives that could reverse this trend. Findings will be discussed at a seminar on May 24 during the Annual Meeting. Panellists from the public and private sectors will discuss policy initiatives that could substantially strengthen regional growth performance over the medium to long term.
 
Panellists include Dr. Timothy Antoine, Governor, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank; Nigel Baptiste, Managing Director of Republic Bank, Trinidad and Tobago; Jennifer Dotson-Isaacs, President, Caribbean Congress of Labour; the Honourable Gillmore Andre Hoefdraad, Minister of Finance, Government of Suriname; and Dr. Justin Ram.
 
Findings from the second study, “Tourism Industry Reform, Strategies for Enhanced Economic Impact”, will be presented during a seminar on May 25. Panellists will explore policy measures that could enhance resilience and increase the growth and development impact of tourism.
Honourable Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Government of Jamaica; Stacy Cox, Executive Director, Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association; Hugh Riley, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Tourism Organisation; and Dr. Amos Peters, Economist, CDB will participate in the panel.
Both events will be live streamed on CDB’s YouTube channel, and the studies will be available for download on www.caribank.org after each seminar.