Turks and Caicos Islands
Head of State: HM King Charles III
Head of Government: Premier Hon. Charles Washington Misick MHA
Capital City (location of Parliament): Cockburn Town
Unicameral/Bicameral: Unicameral - House of Assembly (21)
CPA UK & the Turks and Caicos Islands
The House of Assembly of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) regularly engages in bilateral and multilateral activities delivered as part of the CPA UK-led UK Overseas Territories Project (UKOTP) which focuses on good governance and oversight of public finances. Most recently, UKOTP was invited to TCI in September 2021 to deliver a Post-Election Seminar to equip the new cohort of parliamentarians with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their duties effectively, through a series of activities in which parliamentarians exchanged on a range of topics.
In addition to UKOTP activities, Parliamentarians from TCI have actively participated in CPA UK's multilateral events such as Public Accounts Committee Inquiry Workshop in October 2021, and the Westminster Seminar in November 2020
CPA UK has also welcomed a number of visitors to the UK from TCI's House of Assembly, including the Speaker. CPA UK values this positive past collaboration, and looks forward to further engagement with the House of Assembly and other stakeholders in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Trade Workshop for Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies, and Devolved Legislatures, Westminster, 7-9 February 2023
CPA UK organised a three-day workshop, aiming to enhance effective scrutiny and oversight of international trade agreements, focusing on the following themes: knowledge building on trade; the role of parliamentarians in trade; and scrutiny in practice.
To read the Trade Workshop Final Report, click here.
Public Accounts Committee Workshop, Westminster, 5-7 December 2022
The three-day Workshop was designed to allow delegates to collaborate with colleagues across different regions, discussing responses to shared challenges faced by Pubic Accounts Committees. It provided an opportunity for clerks and officials to share experiences, examine existing practices and find new approaches to the financial scrutiny work of PACs.
Fifth Overseas Territories Forum on Oversight of Public Finances and Good Governance, Westminster, 29 November - 1 December 2022
Parliamentarians, clerks, electoral officials, and external and internal auditors from across the UK Overseas Territories travelled to Westminster to attend the fifth Overseas Territories Forum. The Forum was delivered by CPA UK, in collaboration with the National Audit Office, and the Government Internal Audit Agency. Over the three days, the Forum offered the opportunity for delegates to discuss and share knowledge through panel discussions, presentations, workshops, and meetings.
To read the Fifth Overseas Territories Forum Report, click here.
Conference on the Scrutiny of National Security Legislation, Westminster, 1-3 November 2022
The Conference provided a platform for delegates to explore the security landscape across the globe and enhance their ability to effectively scrutinise and oversee legislation. Attending parliamentarians were also able to share their knowledge and practice on being more effective in their role and legislatures.
Fourth Overseas Territories Forum on Oversight of Public Finances & Good Governance, Virtual, 30 November - 2 December 2021
Key actors from the UK and the Overseas Territories met virtually from 30 November to 2 December for the Oversight of Public Finance and Good Governance Forum 2021. This was the fourth programme of its kind, designed to bring together key stakeholders from across the Overseas Territories, including Speakers, Members, and Clerks from Legislatures, as well as Internal and External Auditors and Electoral Officials, to explore issues relating to good governance and oversight of public finances.
PAC Inquiry Workshop, Virtual, 11-22 October 2021
CPA UK hosted two, five-day virtual training workshops for Commonwealth Public Accounts Committees, giving delegates an opportunity to explore each stage of an inquiry process from evidence gathering and effective questioning techniques to reports, recommendations, and media engagement.
Post-Election Seminar, Turks and Caicos Islands, 16-23 September 2021
CPA UK was delighted to have been invited by the House of Assembly of Turks and Caicos Islands, to deliver a Post-Election Seminar from 16-23 September. The Seminar set out to equip the new cohort of parliamentarians with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their duties effectively, through a series of activities in which parliamentarians exchanged on a range of topics.
Public Accounts Committee Training, Virtual, 5-7 July 2021
CPA UK were invited by the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to deliver a three-day training for parliamentarians of the newly formed Public accounts Committee (PAC). The training, which took place virtually, aimed to equip elected representatives in TCI with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their parliamentary duties effectively.
Clerk Leadership Group, Virtual, April 2021 to present
The Clerk Leadership Group was launched in April 2021 and is a network designed to provide a forum for clerks from across the Overseas Territories to share their knowledge, expertise, and best practices on parliamentary clerk services with one another. The Clerk Leadership Groups meets at least once a quarter.
Featured Past Programmes
Election Expert Mission to the TCI General Election, Virtual, 10-23 February 2021
At the invitation of the Governor of TCI, His Excellency Nigel Dakin OBE, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association British Islands and Mediterranean Region (CPA BIMR) conducted a virtual Election Expert Mission to the Turks and Caicos Islands General Elections in February 2021. The invitation was supported by the then Government and Official Opposition of TCI.
Clerk Secondment to the Turks and Caicos Islands Public Accounts Committee, Turks and Caicos Islands, 29 May - 8 June 2018
The Clerk of the Scrutiny Committee of the States of Jersey worked with the Public Accounts Committee in TCI, supporting the Chair, Members and Clerk to develop robust committee management processes and a forward work plan. The Clerk also provided support for their upcoming inquiry and training for new PAC members in drafting questions, reports and recommendations. She wrote about her experiences here.
Secondment from the Turks and Caicos Islands Internal Audit Office to the Scottish Government, Edinburgh, July 2019
Claire Malcolm from the Turks and Caicos Islands Internal Audit Office undertook a secondment with the Scottish Government as part of the UK Overseas Territories Project.