TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT AWARDS 105 EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services has awarded 105 persons with educational scholarships, under the 2015 Scholarship Awards Program which is a government initiative aimed at the development needs of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

This year the Education Advisory Committee received and considered, one hundred and fifty nine (159) applications for studies at Local, International and Regional Universities at the Tertiary Level in the priority areas of Health, Education, Science, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Skills Development.

“This year, my Government continued its thrust toward the development and upgrade of teachers and senior leaders within schools, $200,000 was earmarked for this purpose and 28 teachers were awarded scholarships to upgrade to the Bachelor’s level, at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC), Online and within the Region” said Hon. Akierra Missick, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education.

“The Ministry, Government & I would like to congratulate all the recipients and encourage them to continue working hard in order to take full advantage of the opportunity afforded to them.”

The following is a breakdown of the awards;
Area of Study Number of Scholarships Awarded
Health 19
Education 28
Sciences (Computer, Environmental & Biology ) 9
Engineering 7
Skill Areas 8
Liberal Arts (Law, Business, Social Work & Paralegal) 34
Total 105

The awardees will commence tertiary level studies during the September – December terms at Universities in the United Kingdom (UK), Caribbean and TCICC. A number of grants were awarded to persons to complete studies that have already been started in the U.S. and Canada in priority areas only. Studies available for completion in the Turks and Caicos Islands, University of the West Indies or UK which offer the benefit of home fees (or reduced fees) awards were highly recommended.

The Education Advisory Committee will meet again in August to consider applications for local scholarship awards, for the TCICC (Associate level) or A-Level institutions. Award letters can be picked up at the Ministry of Education, Grand Turk or the Department of Education, Providenciales.

PUBLIC TOWN HALL MEETING TO DISCUSS 12 STOREY HEIGHT INCREASE

The Turks & Caicos Islands Government recently embarked on the initiative to increase Building height and density. The main objective is economic benefit, job growth, and stimulation of the construction industry, auxiliary services and tourism related businesses.

This move by the government will bring the much-needed increase in bed count to support the projected upsurge in airlifts to meet the demand of year on year rise in tourism arrivals.

Towards this end, the recommended building height increase is 12 stories (up to a maximum of 140 feet) as opposed to 7 stories (up to a maximum of 90 feet).

On Wednesday, August 12th 2015 at Gustavus Lightbourne Complex at 7pm the Turks & Caicos Islands Government will be hosting a town hall meeting in order for the public to voice their views.

Your views are important to us and if you wish make a written representation, you may do so prior to the meeting with the heading "PUBLIC CONSULTATION BUILDING HEIGHT" in email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in writing at Premiers Office, Hilly Ewing Building, Providenciales between 8am to 4:30pm.

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TCIG TEAMS VISITS TURKEY ON TRADE & INVESTMENT MISSION

The Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, Hon. C. Washington Misick recently returned from a three day trade and Investment mission to Istanbul, Turkey. He was accompanied by the CEO of Turks and Caicos Airport Authority (TCIAA) Mr. John Smith, and Mr. Justin Misick, Aftercare Executive in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Investment Unit.

This mission which spanned over three days from 29 June to 1 July 2015 was at the invitation of Mr. Umut Emirler of Up Capital Strategy - Business Development and Strategic Consultancy. Hon Misick presented the TCI as strategically positioned at the crossroads of the Caribbean, Central, North and South America emphasizing the attraction of the islands legal framework, political stability and sophisticated professional cadre as a facilitator for international business.

“As a small island economy with a narrow economic base, we have to open ourselves to new possibilities and seek to attract capital and resources from friendly countries outside of our immediate region” stated Hon. Misick. “This is consistence with our objective of becoming the Monte Carlo of the Caribbean. Given Istanbul’s (formerly Constantinople) strategic position between the east and west, and considering the regional conflicts, there is a real possibility of attracting investment from high net-worth individuals who may wish to diversify to a more stable environment.

“While in Turkey we were hosted by a number of important commercial entities and trade organizations, such as Turkish Airlines, the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, a leading Turkish International law firm, a leading development advisory group, the Foreign Economic Relations Board, and a leading Turkish News Paper. More notably, Turkish Airlines discussed the potential for an air service agreement between Turkey and the TCI; as well as interlining with flights out of Miami into the TCI starting as early as October 2015.

“This trip was an eye-opener to all the trading opportunities between our two countries, with some of the best recognized contractors are in the world, this new relationship may create an opportunity for some of our under-resourced contractors to partner with greater expertise, and resources.

“The Turkish hospitality was superb, and gave my team an opportunity to appreciate the historic importance of Istanbul as a commercial capital.”

While in Turkey, the Minister and his team call on the British Counsel General. The UK maintains a cadre of some 250 commercial attaches in Istanbul emphasizing the importance of Turkey as a trading partner