Peter Beckingham » Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

Securing TCI Borders: A Labour of Love

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A guest blog from Simon Excell, an immigration adviser to the Ministry of Border Control. During a recent meeting with The Governor, he asked if I would  be  a “guest blogger” on his site, to talk about my work over the past two  years with the Ministry of Border Control and Labour. Needless to say, I accepted the invitation! With over 30 years’ experience working across UK Immigration units, from … Read more »Securing TCI Borders: A Labour of Love

Boosting schools’ IT and literacy skills through fishing and beaches.

Crewmember of my fair share

I had heard that the Grand Turk Fishing Tournament was a big event for the island, but I hadn’t expected the crowds it drew to Governor’s Beach this June. They far outnumbered the visitors from the cruise ships who regularly stroll along the beach. The Tournament was arranged by a group of volunteers who in the months before approached numerous companies and organisations to sponsor the event. On the evening … Read more »Boosting schools’ IT and literacy skills through fishing and beaches.

Flying the Turks and Caicos Flag Over the Heart of London

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I returned this week from short visits on business and pleasure to London and New York. I timed my return to be in Grand Turk on Monday 26 May to attend my first National Hero’s Day Ceremony. I knew something of J.A.G.S. McCartney’s inspirational life from reading history books about Turks and Caicos. But attending the service arranged so splendidly by the National Hero’s and Awards Committee brought many new … Read more »Flying the Turks and Caicos Flag Over the Heart of London

Carrying the Baton for Turks and Caicos Islands

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The recent arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay was, as the Turks and Caicos Weekly News said, “…three days of immense patriotism…” for the Turks and Caicos Islands. It brought together young and old, politicians from both parties, athletes and businesspeople. I was able to share the enthusiasm it generated with hundreds of participants and those who cheered the runners along the route in Providenciales. From near the airport to … Read more »Carrying the Baton for Turks and Caicos Islands

Getting down to business in the Turks and Caicos Islands

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I met earlier this month with the Business Advisory Group that I have invited to meet periodically. The Group represents a cross section of businesses including retail ( the Do It Store and IGA), construction (Coxco), tourism and new developments ( the Hotel and Tourism Association, Inter- Caribbean Airways, the Grand Turk Cruise Centre and Sailrock), financial services (Scotia and the Accountants’ Association) and the Chamber of Commerce. I’m pleased … Read more »Getting down to business in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos in the international limelight

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Turks and Caicos’s Moment in the Limelight Turks and Caicos will be in the international spotlight again next week, when we welcome an international team bringing to our islands the Queen’s Baton relay. This is the curtain raiser to the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland this July, when TCI will be among 70 countries competing in a wide range of track and field events. I’m delighted that the organisers … Read more »Turks and Caicos in the international limelight

Helping to preserve our reefs – because it is the right thing to do

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The idea of volunteering, doing something for society without pay, took leaps forward during the Olympic Games at Sydney. Thousands of people worked for no pay to help man the Games, and provide help and guidance to the thousands of overseas visitors. I can remember meeting firemen and others who had given up a week’s work, and pay, to volunteer. The London Olympics followed suit, with many happy and helpful … Read more »Helping to preserve our reefs – because it is the right thing to do

Team Commonwealth, Team Turks and Caicos

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Today we celebrate being a part of one of the world’s largest group of countries as we mark Commonwealth Day with a public holiday. From Canada to the Cook Islands, and from St Kitt’s to the world’s largest democracy, India, the Commonwealth embraces an extraordinary range of countries, including the Turks and Caicos, covering a third of the world’s population. This year is also a special one for the organization as over 70 countries … Read more »Team Commonwealth, Team Turks and Caicos

Juggling the Legal Challenges, Securing TCI’s International Reputation

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I was delighted to announce recently the appointment of Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles as TCI’s new Attorney General. I have worked closely with her ever since arriving here, and I am in no doubt Rhondalee will make a splendid AG. She was appointed because we considered her the best person for the job, and she was the outstanding candidate in an international field of applicants. As the media have noted there were … Read more »Juggling the Legal Challenges, Securing TCI’s International Reputation

Inspiring step towards empowering Turks and Caicos Islanders

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Over 100 children in their last two years at school had a Friday of a different sort in the Turks and Caicos Islands recently. Instead of the normal classroom routines they were invited to a 5 Star Resort on TCI’s Grace Bay for lunch, and an opportunity to hear Sanya Richards-Ross, one of the world’s best athletes, talk about motivation. This different sort of day was offered to the schools … Read more »Inspiring step towards empowering Turks and Caicos Islanders