TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS ATTENDS CFATF PLENARY IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IN PREPARATION FOR ITS MUTUAL EVALUATION

Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles OBE, led a team of persons representing the Turks and Caicos Islands to the 47th Plenary and Working group meetings of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  Delegates represented the Attorney General’s Chambers, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Financial Services Commission, the Financial Intelligence Agency, the Financial Crimes Unit and the National Crime Intelligence Bureau (both branches of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force).  The Hon. Attorney General holds the position of Immediate Past Chair of the regional compliance body on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The CFATF is chaired by the Hon. Basil Williams, Attorney General and Minister for Legal Affairs for Guyana.

The CFATF is the regional offshoot of the Paris based, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the premier inter-governmental organization that sets the standards for preventing money laundering and terrorist financing.  The CFATF plays a critical role in promoting regional compliance with the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations on anti-money laundering and combatting the financing of terrorism and weapons proliferation. 

The CFATF comprises 25 countries from South and Central America and the Caribbean, with a total population of approximately 80 million persons. The CFATF is responsible for monitoring and evaluating member states in an effort to achieve compliance. 

Meetings around the Plenary include a meeting of Heads of FIUs, Working Groups and other CFATF Committees dealing with governance issues such as budget, planning and human resources.  Angela Brooks, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions is co-chair of the CFATF’s Human Resources Committee along with Mrs. Kenisha Bacchus from the Financial Services Commission. Mrs. Bacchus was also an assessor for the mutual evaluation of Antigua and Barbuda and performed admirably in that role at the meetings.  Insp. Dwayne Baker, Director of the Financial Intelligence Agency is an assessor for the upcoming Evaluation of Bermuda.

Accompanying Hon. Braithwaite Knowles at the CFATF plenary were Khalila Astwood-Tatem, Desiree Downes and Shayone Handfield-Gardiner from the Attorney General’s Chambers, Edith Cox, Dwayne Baker and William Lightbourne from the Financial Intelligence Agency, Jillian Williams and Shatelia Hall from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kenville Charles and Paulin Nemours from the Financial Crimes Unit of the RTCIPF, Vernon Williams from the National Crime Intelligence Bureau of the RTCIPF and Kenisha Bacchus and Tamiko Smith from the Financial Services Commission.

The effectiveness of the legislative and regulatory infrastructure of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ financial services sector is being evaluated by the CFATF and the CFATF will be conducting an onsite visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands to meet with public sector and private sector stakeholders in the financial sector during the second and third week in September 2018.

Notice: Assistant Scholarship Officer Internship Programme

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services is offering an Internship opportunity to a qualified candidate for the position of Assistant Scholarship Officer. 

The Internship Programme will be based on working closely with the Scholarship Secretariat Unit.

Goal of Internship: provide students/persons with the opportunity of obtaining career-related work experiences, which allow them to apply and develop knowledge/skills, acquired through the internship in a working environment, while providing administrative support to the Scholarship Secretariat/Unit.

Duration of Internship: at the least but not limited to three working months.

Internships’ Job Description:

  1. Assist in collecting student applications and prepare and disburse notification letters acknowledging receipt and status of application.
  2. Assist in maintaining all materials (e.g. brochures, application forms) and arrange for distribution in response to requests.
  3. Under the supervision of the Scholarship Secretariat Manager assist the Scholarship Officer in preparing and dispatching scholarship award letters, bonds, brochures, etc. to scholarship recipients.
  4. Processing tuition and subsistence payments for overseas and local scholarships.
  5. Prepare travel arrangements for all international students and members of the secretariat unit.
  6. Prepare tuition payment cover letters and courier’s packets for disbursement and keep a log-book of the same.
  7. Receive all telephone calls pertaining to scholarships and direct them to the appropriate officer.
  8. Assist in relaying the status of student application or scholarships.
  9. Assist in maintaining the scholarship database for local and overseas scholarship and grant recipients.
  10. Ensure that entries are posted and filing is done on a daily basis.
  11. Adhere to all Public Service codes, rules and regulations.
  12. Other related tasks as assigned.

Qualifications of Intern:

  • Desired GPA of 3.0
  • Must be transitioning into second year of undergraduate programme or above
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel

Application Procedure:

Resumes with current contact information must be accompanied by a Cover Letter, two letters of reference (one preferably from a former employer), copies of educational certificates, a Police Certificate of Character and a copy of the Passport Photo page.  Applications should be addressed to the Office of the Human Resource Directorate, Church Folly, Grand Turk, Facsimile: 946-1582 or sent by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line being: Internship Assistant Scholarship Officer Application. Applications sent by post or brought by hand should have the subject: Internship Assistant Scholarship Officer Application clearly marked on the envelopes. Successful applicants will work in accordance with the Public Service Ordinance.

BUSINESS STAFFING PLAN

The Ministry of Border Control and Employment is reminding employers, as well as the general public that all staffing plans are due by 1st July 2018 in accordance with section (34) of the Immigration Ordinance which states:

34.

(1) This section applies to an employer (whether an individual, a company or other entity) which

                (a) Employs not less than fifteen (15) employees who hold a work permit; or

                (b) Is designated for the purposes of this section by the Commissioner.

    

(2) The employer shall, before the end of months starting with the date on which this section first applies to the employer, prepare and submit to the Commissioner a business staffing plan.

     

(3) The business staffing plan shall contain the following information relating to the business-   

(a) The names and numbers of employees, including part-time employees and persons employed through a temping agency, on staff as at the date of submission of the plan;

(b) The names and number of Islanders and non-islanders employed;   

(c) The positions occupied by all Islander and non-Islander employees, the nationality of each non-islander employee and whether such non-Islander employee is –

                                                                                            i.            A permanent resident;

                                                                                          ii.            A person endorsed on a Permanent Residence Certificate;

                                                                                        iii.            The spouse of an Islander; or

                                                                                         iv.            The holder of a work permit;             

(d) The length of time each position has been held by the holder of a work permit;         

(e) In respect of posts held by work permit holders other than permanent residents, the likelihood of such post being filled by islanders or permanent residents and the anticipated length of time, in respect of each post, before that happens;        

(f) The anticipated growth of the business and its future plans for the next five years;

(g) The commitment of the business to education and development locally, including scholarships, training schemes and in-house training;

(h) The recruitment policy of the business;         

(i) The identification by the business of the number of work permits that will be required for the period of the plan, the posts for which they will be required and the desired duration of those work permits; and               

(j) Such other information relating to the employment needs of the business as the Commissioner may require

 

For further information or questions please refer to the following

Website: http://www.gov.tc/work-permits

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