Infrastructure Minister Bats For Affordable Housing
Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development (PPID) Hon Jamell Robinson, recently returned to the islands after leading a delegation to Nassau, Bahamas, to discuss, among other things, affordable and quality homes.
While in The Bahamas, Minister Robinson and his team met with that country's Minister of Transport and Housing Hon. Jobeth Coleby-Davis.
The team, led by the Minister also included: Hon Randy Howell, Desmond Wilson, Permanent Secretary, Mr. Dominique Durham, Director of Housing and Community Renewal, Mr. Adrian Howell, Assistant Development Control Engineer, with the Physical Planning Department and Ms. Vershina Forbes, Executive Assistant to the Minister, arrived in the Nassau, Bahamas on Sunday January 29, 2023, for two days of meetings with the Ministry of Housing and Transport, including a visit to Abaco, which is recovering in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian.
In commenting on the visit, Hon Robinson said “our team was thankful for the invitation to meet with Hon. Jobeth Coleby-Davis, Minister of Transport and Housing, Bahamas and her team.
The Ministry of Infrastructure’s Housing Department is focused on providing Our Citizens with a sense of independence, through home ownership. This visit allowed us to gain insight from a multi-island archipelago similar to ours that is also faced with comparable challenges.
Our team received valuable contributions and ideas; some of which will be considered as we shape and implement our Housing Policy to the benefit of Turks and Caicos Islanders.
We remain humbled to have been entrusted with this task and we look to move with haste to bring our Housing plans from a policy; to actual homes throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. "
During the visit, the Minister and team was exposed to the new operating structure of the Housing Department as well as held discussions with Arawak Homes Limited, the developer of the Pinecrest Housing Project. The team was also treated to a cocktail reception, sponsored by Arawak Homes Limited.
The delegation returned to the TCI on Wednesday February 1, 2023.