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 … Getting down to business in the Turks and Caicos Islands
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 … Turks and Caicos in the international limelight
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 … Helping to preserve our reefs – because it is the right thing to do
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 … Team Commonwealth, Team Turks and Caicos
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 … Juggling the Legal Challenges, Securing TCI’s International Reputation
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 … Inspiring step towards empowering Turks and Caicos Islanders
Turks and Caicos Islands – a world away from Mumbai: a small population with a big Christian following.
I wrote blogs from Mumbai for over three years, and after four months in the Turks and Caicos Islands it is time to start here. I have a number of aims. First, and most importantly, I hope that they may be of interest to residents in these beautiful islands, as a modest illustration of the work that I and many others are doing. Second, and leading on from that, if … Turks and Caicos Islands – a world away from Mumbai: a small population with a big Christian following.
Some UK visitors to India, and British newspaper headlines, seem to consider that business here should be ours by “divine right”, as if it is Britain’s for the taking. We have, the argument goes, a special relationship with India – language, law, cricket, immigrants – which means that we must have an advantage on the commercial playing field. This line of thinking seemed especially prevalent after the French beat the UK –Euro-Fighter bid … Farewell to Mumbai (Part 2): Doing better than we think
The strongest impression on most overseas visitors to Mumbai are the contrasts: between the lavish apartment buildings and the slums around the airport, between the exotic stores selling $2000 saris and the street food vendors outside offering 10 rupee snacks, between the packed trains arriving in the mainline stations and the air-conditioned luxury cars cruising the streets. Everyone has their own examples. My own most recent was during a lunchtime stroll in … Farewell to Mumbai (Part 1): Millionaires moving forward
Some countries don’t share much of a sense of humour, but for whatever reasons that cannot be said of India and the UK. So when the British High Commissioner, James Bevan, referred to a line from “Yes Minister” in a speech he could be confident that his Indian, as well, as British audience would catch the joke. Sir James’s reference was to the frequently used reference by senior civil servant … Breaking into the India market – courageous decisions paying off