In an article published on a local weblog, the government was accused of surrendering employment and immigration policy making to the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA).
This allegation was based on a proposal submitted to the government by the TCHTA about the fast tracking of certain applications for work permits and appointments to the Immigration Board.
The government has now categorically denied that it has accepted the proposal, saying that the tourism industry is important to the economy of these islands and the making and implementation of policy is a function of the government.
“At the heart of government’s policy is the promotion of interest of Belongers in all segments of the economy and at all levels. The proposal made by the TCHTA is not in keeping with our policy. There is no need for the public to be alarmed that the TCHTA is or will be in charge of setting or implementing government policy,” a release from the Premier’s Office said.