CASH GRANTS TO ELIGIBLE PUBLIC SERVICE TRANSPORT LICENSE HOLDERS – DATABASE FOR SUBMISSIONS OPENS TODAY

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CASH GRANTS TO ELIGIBLE PUBLIC SERVICE TRANSPORT LICENSE HOLDERS – DATABASE FOR SUBMISSIONS OPENS TODAY

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has today, Monday, 26th October, 2020, opened the database to accept online submissions from Public Service Ground Transport Operators; many of whom were impacted by the economic fallout emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Coronavirus Ground Transport Sector Business Assistance Grant is one element of a suite of grants that the Turks and Caicos Islands Government will be offering to assist residents and businesses alike that have been impacted financially by this worldwide pandemic.  It will provide cash grants of up to $1,200.00 to taxi drivers, community cab drivers and private charter (reserve) drivers.

 

Applications will be received online by the Ministry of Finance as of 26th October 2020 until 2nd November, 2020; unless otherwise directed by the Permanent Secretary of Finance.

 

Applicants are advised that incomplete applications will not be processed.  Therefore, it is important that you ensure that you read the instructions on how to fill the application to understand clearly what is needed, inclusive of the evidence to be provided.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible following the submission of their applications. Successful applicants will receive an approval letter issued by the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment.

 

A single payment will be made by the Government Treasury directly to the applicant via cheque or direct credit to nominated bank account within two (2) weeks of the date on the letter of approval.

 

Questions concerning this application may be directed to the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application forms are available on the Turks & Caicos Islands Government website at web link: https://psvstimulus.gov.tc

 

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Ministry of Health Announces Commencement of Community Testing for COVID-19

Ministry of Health Announces Commencement of Community Testing for COVID-19

 

The Ministry of Health Agriculture Sports and Human Services wishes to advise the general public that community testing for COVID-19 commenced on October 22nd 2020.

 

Please see the schedule below for upcoming COVID-19 Community Testing. This exercise will be operated on a “first-come-first-served” basis and may be concluded early if the daily quota has been achieved. The public is reminded to maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet and to wear a face covering/mask when visiting any of the facilities below:

 

Providenciales (Drive-Thru): Downtown Ball Park on Monday 26th and Thursday 29th October 2020 between 9:30am-12pm (enter from the rear gate).

 

Grand Turk: The Gazebo (Pond Street, across from the Office of the Premier) on Wednesday October 28th from 2pm-4pm.

 

South Caicos: Primary Healthcare Clinic on Wednesday October 28th from 10:00am to 12pm.

 

North & Middle Caicos: Primary Healthcare Clinics (Kew, Bottle Creek and Middle Caicos) Friday October 30th from 9am-12pm.

 

Additional opportunities to get tested for Covid-19 will be announced in coming weeks.

 

Anyone with symptoms or signs of Covid-19 is asked to remain at home and call the COVID-19 Hotline on 232-9444 or 333-0911. The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are; fever, headache, dry cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, joint pain, loss of taste and loss of smell. 

 

Remember to always practice the following safety measures; wash and sanitize hands frequently, maintain physical distance (at least 6 feet apart), cover your cough and sneezes and wear a face covering when in public and avoid crowds.

 

For further information, please contact 338-5474.

 

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Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday 1ST November 2020

 

Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday 1ST November 2020

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government wishes to advise the general public that Daylight Savings Time (DST) will end on Sunday 1ST November 2020 at 1:00 a.m. At that time, Eastern Standard Time (EST) will commence and will continue until Sunday, March 14, 2021.

 

This will result in a one-hour (behind/backward) time change at 1:00 am on Sunday, 1ST November 2020.

 

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DECR and JNCC conduct assessment of Queen Conch populations in TCI

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DECR and JNCC conduct assessment of Queen Conch populations in TCI 

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) have commercially fished for Caribbean spiny lobster, Queen conch and various fin fish species as source of protein and income.  The Lobatus gigas, Queen conch continues to be one of the two major economically important fisheries for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  However, throughout the Caribbean region, the Queen conch has been declining in abundance.  The TCI is not immune to the limitations of the species and has therefore been taking steps to evaluate the population of the Queen conch in the TCI. 

 

The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) has been conducting a piloted visual assessment of the Queen conch on the Caicos Bank to assist in determining the current status of the species in the TCI.  Additionally, the Department in collaboration with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), has submitted a proposal for additional funding to continue an assessment to obtain more abundance information, local consumption patterns, biological data and trade restrictions specific to the Queen conch.

 

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DEPARTMENT OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS HOSTS TRAINING IN STRATEGIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT

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DEPARTMENT OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS HOSTS TRAINING IN STRATEGIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT

 

The Department of Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs hosted training on the Professional Certificate in Strategic Trade and Investment from 28 September to 2 October, 2020. The training was delivered virtually by the UK-based International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) to middle and senior management professionals from across the Turks and Caicos Islands Government.

 

There were 13 participants from the Department of Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs, InvestTCI, Customs Department, Attorney General’s Chambers and the Strategic Policy and Planning Department. The training supported participants’ understanding of key themes including multilateral trade agreements and the fundamental principles of trade and investment strategies.

 

Having completed the week-long training, the participants are also eligible for professional membership to the Institute of Leadership and Management allowing them access to a suite of leadership, management and coaching resources.

 

Commenting on the training, the Director of Trade and Head of the Department of Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs, Mrs Merida Cable-Lewis stated; “International trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) are drivers of the global economy. The recently held Professional Certificate in Strategic Trade and Investment course was therefore aimed at providing advanced training in the areas of international trade and FDI to encourage enhanced stakeholder engagement on the development and delivery of trade and investment strategies designed to achieve sustainable economic growth in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

“An objective that is particularly significant in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (Brexit) which have both presented unprecedented challenges to the global economy and world trade.

 

“Following its establishment in May 2019, the Department has made significant strides in its efforts to develop and promote trade in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This has been achieved through capacity building initiatives for the MSME sector, encouraging the growth of alternative industries, working to develop policy, legal and institutional frameworks to support trade activity and assisting with the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements.

 

“We are grateful to the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment for its support of this initiative.”

 

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