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Her Excellency the Acting Governor, Anya Williams, chaired the meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, 10 January 2018, at the Hon. N J S Francis Building on Grand Turk.
All Ministers were present.
At this meeting Cabinet:
• Noted the recommendations of the Procurement Board to award a contract in line with the Public Procurement Ordinance 2012 as follows – TR 17/6 Consultancy for the TCI Government’s EDF 11 Education Sector Reform Strategy;
• Noted the financial performance of the TCI Government for October and November 2017 as submitted in the Financial Reports for the months of October and November 2017 by the Accountant General;
• Advised Her Excellency the Acting Governor to grant approval for the execution of Contingency Warrant No.3 to meet outstanding bills in relation to post hurricane expenditure;
• Approved an extension from 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2018 of an Order made by the Minister of Finance under Section 70 (1) (c) of the Customs Ordinance to waive import customs duty on specified items of furniture, appliances and building materials imported by individuals to replace items damaged by the hurricanes;
• Approved the waiver of customs import duty under Section 71 of the Customs Ordinance on the importation by the company Ocean Vibes of a 48 foot catamaran marine vessel and marine engine turbocharger to replace the company’s boat and engine which were damaged during the recent hurricanes;
• Advised Her Excellency the Acting Governor to approve the waiver of warehouse storage fees on the import of hurricane relief materials by the Mission of Hope Charity in accordance with Regulation 4 of the Customs (Government Transit Shed and Queen’s Warehouse Rent) (Amendment) Regulations 2016. Cabinet called for a review of the warehouse fee structure;
• Advised Her Excellency the Acting Governor to grant conditional approval to Club Med for a 50% waiver of customs duties in respect of building materials, furnishings, fixtures and equipment which are necessary for the restoration of the resort but which have not yet been imported into TCI in line with the TCIG Refurbishment Policy;
• Advised Her Excellency the Acting Governor to grant approval of $220,000 from the Contingency Fund to the Ministry of Border Control and Employment to be used for repatriation of illegal immigrants and associated expenses within the final quarter of this Financial Year 2017/18;
• Approved the launch of the registration process for the implementation in 2018/19 of the “Chance for Change” programme for people in custody and discussed budgetary issues related to the programme;
• Noted that a consultancy study on the sustainable financing of environmental conservation in TCI had been undertaken and approved the establishment of a working group to report back to Cabinet on the findings of the study and on the feasibility of re-establishing a conservation fund including consideration of legislative implications;
• Approved the Physical Planning (Amendment) Bill 2017 for forwarding to the House of Assembly for approval, subject to certain amendments being made to the draft Bill;
• Was informed by the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Gaming that the catch of illegal fish seized some time ago was disposed of on 9 January. The Hon. Minister called for changes to procurement procedures to allow future seized catches to disposed of more quickly.
Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.