Memorandum of Understanding between Turks and Caicos Islands and Haiti

On 13 and 14, November 2014, at the invitation of the Haitian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peter Beckingham a British diplomat, who is the current Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands visited Haiti to complete the process of a long awaited Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Turks and Caicos Islands and Haiti. The TCI Governor was accompanied by Clara Gardiner, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Border Control and Labor, and Inspector Warrican, the Deputy Commander of Marine Division. After the meeting while talking to the press, Governor Beckingham conveyed the satisfaction of both the governments over the final text of the MOU. The two sides had produced the final draft of a memorandum of understanding and that will be signed shortly. The agreement of understanding covers people to people links, economic ties and issues of illegal migration. However, he has cautioned that the agreement is not supposed to bring overnight positive changes in relationships or on immigration issues, but it is an indication of the seriousness with which both Governments will view the growing relationship for a better tomorrow. The intended MoU signing was announced by Governor Beckingham and Hon. Don-Hue Gardiner, the Minister of Border Control and Labor during a joint news conference held at the Premier's Office in Providenciales on 30 July, 2014. The Haitian President Martelly was first got interested over a glimpse of the MOU during a high-level meeting in the Bahamas, which also included officials of the Bahamian government.


The TCI delegation also held talks with the heads of the UN mission in Haiti, ambassadors of the United States, European Union, Bahamas, and Canada, and the International Organization for Migration. These visits and discussions have opened many other frontiers for mutual developments (like registration of Haitiaans, etc.) that can transform the two countries as two key regional players. The TCI Governor was impressed with the responses he has received at the meetings and has said that despite of his country's small population, everyone understands TCI's importance in building important nexus of opportunities and significant issues in the relationship with Haiti.

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