TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS

TCI to undertake first national skills audit

April 09, 2016

The Government of Turks and Caicos Islands, through the Ministry of Border Control and Employment will undertake its first National Skills Audit and Labour Market Needs Assessment survey in order to better understand the current labour context and plan for economic growth.

 

Dunn Pierre Barnett and Associates, a consultancy firm from Jamaica with offices also in Canada and PEM Consultant, located in Denmark were the two successful organisations in the rigorous tender process and will conduct the National Skills Audit over the next eight months.

 

The Skills Audit is part of the TCI Government’s strategy for managing its human resource capital and ensuring appropriate matches for its key sectors – which are mainly tourism and financial services. It will examine the position of the current workforce, identify skill gaps and migrant labour needs in order to develop a comprehensive strategy that fits with the vision of the country for its broader strategy of sustainable growth and development.

 

courtesy of: Caribbean News Service 

MPs declare assets in bid to boost transparency

March 26, 2016

The most recent Register of Interests has unearthed that members of parliament own significant plots of land in the Turks and Caicos Islands and are directors in numerous private companies.

 

Although the finances of members of the House of Assembly remain highly confidential, and while it cannot be made public by the Integrity Commission, it is mandated that the register must be filed by every member of the House of Assembly and submitted to the Integrity Commission.

 

The register is designed to promote transparency and accountability in an effort to strengthen public trust and confidence in the parliamentary and democratic process.

 

It also stipulates that particulars relating to the sources of income and any interest which may raise a material conflict of interest between their private interests and public duty must be listed.

 

Members of the public are also given scope to notify the Integrity Commission if they believe or know that declarations are false or inadequate.

Misick states intentions to return to frontline politics

March 16, 2016

Former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Premier, Michael Misick, says he intends to run for office again, even as he continues to protest his innocence of corruption charges now underway in the TCI courts.

 

“I would like to announce that I will be seeking the nomination to run for North and Middle Caicos in the upcoming elections 2016 for the PNP (Progressive National Party),” Misick said in a post on his Facebook page.

 

“I seek God’s blessing and favour as we continue the struggle to free our people from colonial rule and lead them into true progress and prosperity,” said Misick, 50, who resigned as premier in 2009.

 

Misick and other former government ministers and their associates are facing charges of conspiracy to accept bribes in public office, conspiracy to defraud and associated money laundering brought by a special investigative team set up in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2011.

Nicholson retained in trial against former official

March 03, 2016

Former Turks and Caicos Health Minister Lillian Boyce, who was implicated in the high profile corruption case on the island, has retained the services of former Jamaica Foreign Affairs Minister A J Nicholson.

 

The Queens Counsel was sworn in this morning when the trial got underway with the testimony of the first witness.

 

Boyce is one of several former Government ministers charged along with ex Premier Michael Misick and his associates with conspiracy to accept bribes in public office, conspiracy to defraud and money laundering brought by a special investigative team set up in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2011.

 

Nicholson is the latest Jamaican lawyer to join the defence team.

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