Her Excellency the Acting Governor, Hon. Anya Williams chaired the 31st meeting of Cabinet on 27 October 2021 at the Premier’s Office in Grand Turk.
All members were present with the exception of the Hon. Minister of Immigration and Border Services.
At this meeting Cabinet:
Were updated on the COVID situation.
Approved the adoption of the proposed Policy and Legislative Agenda for 2021 – 2022.
Approved the proposed amendments to the TCI Guide to Ceremonial Protocols for funeral provisions, including the list of services offered in each category of Government supported funerals, with amendments being effective from 1 November 2021.
Approved the following appointments to the Public and Environmental Health Board: Mr Oswald Williams (Chair), Mr Duval Clare (Deputy Chair), Mr Calvin Green (Appointed Member), Ms Cyprianna Greene (Appointed Member), Dr Nadia Astwood CMO (Ex-officio Member), Mr Kenrick Neely, Chief Environmental Health Officer (Ex-officio Member). All appointments for three year with the exception of Ms Greene whose appointment is for two years.
Approved the reappointment of the Children Safeguarding Board for one year from 21 October 2021 to 30 September 2022.
Called for the establishment of a Child Safeguarding stakeholders group.
Approved the commencement of a national public consultation on a draft Early Childhood Policy and implementation strategy and the establishment of a National Standard for Early Childhood Education in public and private schools.
Approved a waiver of the moratorium for certain trade applicants to allow them to submit first time Work Permit applications, and noted the progress in implementing the moratorium on first-time work permit applications, facilitating the employment of Turks and Caicos Islanders. The moratorium is to be reviewed by 1 December 2021.
Approved the proposed approach by the Ports Authority to ensure sustainable stevedoring service arrangements are formulated in a timely manner and supported a consultancy to be carried out to provide recommendations for successor arrangements for the current stevedoring agreement.
Supported entering into a lease agreement for electronic monitoring devices to support the effective monitoring of convicted criminals released from prison under the Alternative Sentencing Ordinance.
Noted the recommendation of the Procurement Board to award a contract to SSP, Computer Equipment for the purchase of RDT and fingerprint devices for the South Caicos Airport Terminal and the TCIAA Administrative Office.
Approved an amendment to the Mental Health Ordinance to ensure Mental Health Care Facilities are listed, within the definition of hospitals, as places where patients can be admitted for treatment.
Approved the reparcellation of sections of a road used by the public within Blocks 40105 and 40106 with sections of the impacted private parcels to rectify encroachment of a road used by the public, subject to the consent of the private land owners, and approval by the Planning Department. Also approved the Attorney General’s Chambers to negotiate compensation based on the market rent to be determined by the Chief Valuation Officer.