At Christmas we celebrate a joyful occasion. It is also a time when a year closes. So it is natural to look back over 2012 and to look forward to what 2013 might bring.
We can all agree that 2012 was an historic year for the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Governor Ric Todd
That elections could take place on 9 November, and that so many voters went to the polls to choose TCI’s new government should be a source of pleasure and pride for us all.
We should give thanks to all those on the Turks & Caicos Islands, and their peers and colleagues from the UK and elsewhere, whose hard work and commitment enabled our return to local democracy. And we must say a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in the elections.
TCI can look forward to 2013 with optimism. TCI has a growing economy and there is significant inward investment planned.
This country now has modernised laws, a reformed public service and independent institutions for good governance.
The focus is now rightly on a new government which will take forward policies and deliver services in the best interests of the islands and its people in accordance with the framework of the constitution and the law.
I would also like to thank all of the public servants of the Turks & Caicos for what they do each and every day to serve these Islands.
Over the past year I have had the honour and pleasure to meet many of them.
We should all be proud of our teachers, health workers, our uniformed services, officials in Ministries and our tax collectors.
They are committed to delivering the best services they can, and do so for all of us.
At this holy time we also pay tribute to church and community leaders; those who work tirelessly in the voluntary sector, often in difficult circumstances. In a very practical way they sustain the values which nourish our communities while we take time to celebrate the birth of Christ.
I have also had the honour and pleasure to meet many people from across the Turks and Caicos private sector this past year.
The businesses, both large and small, that deliver the prosperity which we all enjoy and benefit from here on TCI deserve special appreciation.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you, your friends and family, a Holy and Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Turks and Caicos Islands