Peter Beckingham » Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

THREE BISHOPS AND A PASTORAL FRATERNITY

Over the last few weeks I have been reminded of the significance of the churches in Turks and Caicos to so many people here. I had the good fortune to meet no less than three bishops – from the Church of God of Prophesy, Anglican and Catholic – who were visiting Grand Turk or Providenciales, and I also saw again the Pastoral Fraternity in Grand Turk. In addition there was … Read more »THREE BISHOPS AND A PASTORAL FRATERNITY

A year of warm welcomes

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It hardly seems possible that it was a year ago this October that Jill and I flew into Provo airport, took a connecting flight to Grand Turk, and 24 hours later were in the charming House of Assembly building for my swearing-in  ceremony as the Governor of Turks and Caicos Islands. I said in my short speech then that I had a number of emotions about arriving in TCI, including … Read more »A year of warm welcomes

CONSITUTIONAL CHANGE: TURKS AND CAICOS STYLE

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The advantage of a holiday, and a short break from the day to day demands of work, is that it provides a great opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. I was fortunate enough to get away for a couple of weeks recently to Hong Kong and the UK. In Hong Kong we met our new, one week old grandchild, so that was worth the break alone- she … Read more »CONSITUTIONAL CHANGE: TURKS AND CAICOS STYLE

Keeping TCI as a desination of choice

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Running along an almost deserted Grace Bay beach on an August morning, it is hard to believe that we have had a record start for tourism arrivals so far this year. Despite the wide open spaces free of people – which would be unimaginable on many of the Mediterranean’s crowded beaches – Turks and Caicos has seen a bigger increase in arrivals than any other destination in the Caribbean in … Read more »Keeping TCI as a desination of choice

Working to secure our borders through regional co-operation

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Protecting our borders is one of the most important and difficult tasks we face. This is not something special to Turks and Caicos. Some of the other Caribbean Overseas Territories are challenged by Cuban and other migrants trying to reach their shores, while across Europe, including the UK, countries employ hundreds to safeguard their land from illegal migration. Last year we intercepted over 1,000 Haitians seeking to escape from their … Read more »Working to secure our borders through regional co-operation

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.

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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