Turks and Caicos Islands

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th March 2015.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands since the end of direct rule.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

Since the end of 2012, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has been able to benefit from the previous work of the Interim Administration and the new constitution. This has given the people of TCI a democratically elected government and House of Assembly, a reformed public service, and strengthened public roles and institutions such as the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Human Rights Commission, the Integrity Commission, the Auditor General, the Complaints Commissioner and the Supervisor of Elections. TCI has demonstrated its commitments to good governance by passing or introducing key legislation across a range of issues such as public service management and public financial management.

The UK continues to work with TCI to ensure that reforms in good governance are embedded for the long-term.

The economy is performing well and the budget continues to deliver healthy surpluses (estimated $14 million in 2015/16). Gross domestic product (GDP) growth reached 4.6 per cent in 2014.

The 2014 Joint Ministerial Council communiqué is available on our website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overseas-territories-2014-joint-ministerial-council-communique.

A copy of the communiqué is attached.

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