SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Ministry of VSA is inviting all companies in the construction sector on Sint Maarten to attend a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, March 19th at 4 pm at the Government Building.
The meeting is intended for all persons doing business in the construction sector; owners/managers of construction companies, building supply companies etc. Topics that will be discussed are the current state of affairs of the reconstruction process on the island, anticipated need for local labor, the incidental work permit procedure, tender opportunities, Government compliance issues and more. Interested persons can contact the Cabinet of the Ministry of VSA via telephone number 5202767.
Minister Emil Lee stated: “We want to get feedback on how they see the reconstruction process going, the challenges they are finding with Government in terms of bottlenecks, and what can we as Government do to streamline that process.”
Earlier this month Minister Lee stated that the policy for incidental work permits would be evaluated, as there are implications that construction work would be slowing down in the coming period.
Minister Lee indicated on Wednesday that the meeting would provide an opportunity to explain to the construction sector what are some of the upcoming tender projects via the World Bank Trust Fund.
“What we see is that the local participation isn’t as robust as we would like it to be. We would explain how the process works but also look to get feedback on this. Is the process inviting? Too complicated?”
The participation of SZV to give information on compliance and expectations in relation to the construction sector will be confirmed at a later date. Minister Lee expressed that he would also like to hear feedback from the construction sector on their experience with the SZV procedures.