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Director-General Ministry I&W visits Saba, impressed by progress

SABA - Director-General Mobility of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W) Kees van der Burg visited Saba from Wednesday, January 15 to Friday, January 17, together with a delegation of his ministry and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations (BZK).

The visit of Van der Burg and his delegation started at the Juancho Yrausquin Airport where Commissioner Bruce Zagers and Airport Manager Maegan Hassell provided an explanation of the completed airport renovation project, which was largely financed through the Ministry of I&W. They toured the building and inspected the resurfaced runway.

The delegation made a next stop at the cistern project and the water pipeline system in the Windwardside as a part of which a filling station will be opened in the near future. The delegation stopped to look at the new drinking water bottling plant at St. John’s which is under construction and should be ready before this summer. Commissioner Zagers gave an explanation at the landfill location about the recycling facility and the processing of recyclables. The air-burner was viewed. Many infrastructure-related projects, including water and waste management, on Saba are funded through the Ministry of I&W.

Harbor project

The Ministry is also involved in the funding of the multi-million project to construct a new Saba harbor. Initially, the plans focused on the location of the existing harbor at Fort Bay. The plans have now shifted to the Black Rocks area where the conditions are more favorable to construct a new harbor.

On Thursday morning, Harbor Project manager Ton van der Plas gave a presentation to Van der Burg and his delegation, with Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, Commissioner Zagers and Island Secretary Tim Muller in attendance. A survey and feasibility study of the alternative location were completed and approved in the later part of 2019. A soil investigation and design work need to be done before the project can go to tendering.

After the meeting with the Executive Council, the delegation, accompanied by Commissioner Zagers and Harbor Master Travis Johnson visited both the Fort Bay harbor and the location of the proposed new harbor in the Black Rocks area. In the afternoon, the delegation met with the Island Council. The delegation climbed Mt. Scenery later that afternoon. They left for St. Eustatius on Friday morning.

First visit

This was the first visit of Van der Burg, who holds the Caribbean Netherlands portfolio at the Ministry of I&W, to Saba since his appointment as Director-General of the I&W Ministry on September 1, 2019. He said he found it important to visit Saba soon after his appointment.

“It is important to speak with the people here and to see things with my own eyes. It also makes sense considering that in the coming period some important decisions will be taken by the Dutch Government pertaining to the Caribbean Netherlands,” Van der Burg said, who noted that every island is different and that this required an individual approach.

Enormous progress

Van der Burg said that he was struck by “enormous progress” that has been made on Saba by the people. “In the open talks that I had with the Executive Council and the Island Council, several concerns were expressed, which I will take back to the Netherlands.”

He said that he would be returning periodically to Saba. About his climb to the top of Mt. Scenery and the island in general, he said: “It is a jewel in the Dutch Kingdom. An island of true beauty and deserving of its name, the Unspoiled Queen.”

Other persons in the delegation were Deputy Director Water of the Ministry of I&W Marjan van Giezen, Caribbean Netherlands Coordinator Anneke Tjalma of I&W Ministry and Director Kingdom Relations of the BZK Ministry Dirk-Jan Bonnet.

Delegation at Blacks Rocks 01The delegation looked at the proposed location of the new harbor in the Black Rocks area on Thursday.

DG IenW with Zagers Johnson and Bonnet at Fort BayDirector-General of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management Kees van der Burg (second from left) with Commissioner Bruce Zagers (right), Harbor Master Travis Johnson (second from right) and Director Kingdom Relations of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Dirk-Jan Bonnet at the Fort Bay harbor on Thursday.

 

 

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Jetair to start scheduled service on the St. Maarten-Curacao route February 2

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - Jetair has received its permit from the Sint Maarten authorities to start two weekly flights to and from Curaçao, the airline said on Thursday in a press statement.

“The 1st commercial flight will take place on February 2nd. The flights are operated with a Fokker 70 aircraft with a capacity of 80 seats. From Curacao the flight departs on Wednesday and on Sunday at 16:50 local time and arrives in Sint Maarten at 18:30 and leaves Sint Maarten again at 19:15 and arrives in Curacao at 20:55.

“Ticket price is ANG 718,-/ USD 399,- for a roundtrip. This amount is including all taxes, ANG 133,- / USD 74,- airport taxes and surcharges levied on both Curaçao and Sint Maarten. Passengers are entitled to bring a hand luggage of max. 08 KGs. and a checked-in suitcase of max. 23 KGs.

“Passengers can book a ticket online via the website www.jetaircaribbean.com, or via our ticket office in Curaçao located on the Schout Bij Nacht Doormanweg 79 from Monday to Friday between 08:00 to 17:30, or in Sint Maarten at Juliana Airport Handlers located at the airport daily between 09:00-16:00. We hope to see you on board one of our flights. Let us brighten your day,” the media statement concludes.

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No Devaluation of Guilder. Increase in license fee will make imports more expensive

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The statement made by the Curaçao Business Association (VBC) in their press release of January 14, 2020, that an increase in the license fee, as proposed by the Government of Curaçao, would imply a devaluation of the Netherlands Antillean guilder, is incorrect, the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) said in a press statement on Thursday.

“An increase of the license fee will make the import of goods and services more expensive, but this is also the case when import duties or other taxes at the border are introduced or increased. A devaluation implies a change in the peg of the Netherlands Antillean guilder to the US dollar, which is not the case.”

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President Gibbs condolence message on the tragic shooting incident in French Quarter

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) – In a statement on Monday from the Office of the President of the Collectivite Daniel Gibbs regarding the tragic death of a 16-year old, the Microsoft Translation Services statement from French to English reads as follows: "I was very saddened to learn of the death of young David Charles in Quartier d'Orléans on Sunday,  January 12, as a result of a gunshot wound.   

“This tragedy,which occurred in the context of the manipulation of a weapon by young people,  once again mourns our community by taking the life of a  16-year-old.   An investigation has been launched to shed light on the circumstances of the tragedy and determine responsibilities.

I have an emotional thought for her family and friends, and for our employee, Mrs. Claudette Flanders, who was devastated by this tragedy.

“On behalf of the elected representatives of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin and on my own behalf, I would like to convey our comfort and sympathy to the family and loved ones of the victim. We extend our sincere condolences and assurance of our unwavering support.”

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PPA says The Voters have spoken. Calls for political stability and continuity in government

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) – The People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) leader Gracita Arrindell, stated on Sunday in a press release, “Following the outcome of the January 9th snap elections we offer our congratulations to the parties that obtain one seat or more in Parliament. The electorate has spoken and it’s time to focus on the people’s business.”  

“We look forward to the incoming Members of Parliament and new Council of Minister to continue working on pending core issues including much needed electoral reform that doesn’t tolerate any more delays. Most importantly, we need political stability, and continuity in government.”  

Arrindell added: “On behalf of our candidates and our board, we take this opportunity as well to thank all our supporters and well-wishers for their vote, for their encouragement, and their belief in the policies and programs we offered comprising our vision during this brief election period.

“PPA message has always been about real change, and real evolution for our island. We did our best. Regretfully our message has fallen short.” 

Gracita concludes: “Our board, candidates and members will meet this week to review the election results. It is our sincerest hope that this New Year will be marked with less politics and more focus on our people.

“Rest assure that PPA remains steadfast in our vision, which is to make lasting positive difference in the lives of our people and generations to come.” 

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Saba Splash WWF NL Dopper bottle for civil servants

SABA—All employees of the Public Entity Saba will shortly receive a Dopper reusable, sustainable hard-plastic bottle to eliminate the use of disposable small plastic bottles in government.

The 200 Dopper bottles are donated by the World Wildlife Fund Netherlands WWF NL and are part of the project to construct a water bottling plant on Saba. The plant will produce drinking water in large refillable water containers. From these large containers, which will be placed in dispensers, civil servants can refill their Dopper bottle. The Dopper bottle will boast the name of the new water bottling plant, Saba Splash on one side and the logo of WWF NL on the other side.

Using water dispensers and Dopper bottles means a large reduction of plastic waste. Government will no longer buy small disposable plastic bottles. This will save at least 50,000 small single-use bottles on an annual basis. The water bottling plant near St. John’s is under construction and should be completed before this summer.

The Saba Comprehensive School (SCS) is also switching to reusable, sustainable water bottles. Next week, students and staff will receive a stainless-steel bottle which they can refill at tap points with filtered water at different locations or at the water dispenser in the school cafeteria. The SCS saves an estimated 10.000 small single-use bottles annually with this measure.

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Bronwyn Mcleod Wins Brand New 2019 Hyundai Creta

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) – Carrefour Market and CC1 St. Maarten were happy to announce the winner of a Brand New 2019 Hyundai Creta, Ms. Bronwyn Mcleod!

In order to get a chance at winning, customers had to purchase two 12-packs of Coca-Cola, Sprite or Fanta at any of the Carrefour Supermarkets. In addition, customers were also able to get another chance to win by shopping at any of the Carrefour locations, spending a minimum of ANG. 50 and, including any Coca-Cola item, in order to also qualify to win!

“Motorworld was happy to support Carrefour Market and CC1 St. Maarten with this raffle promotion. When Carrefour Market first initiated the project, we knew that we wanted to be a part of this great venture. It was very exciting to be able to find out who won the Brand New 2019 Hyundai Creta and to be a part of that joyous moment as well when the customer was informed!”, says Tariq Amjad, Managing Director, Motorworld Group of Companies.

Since the announcement of the raffle, close to 100,000 raffle tickets were received by Carrefour Market, which shows great excitement from the consumers! CC1 St. Maarten and Carrefour Market would like to thank all that participated in this amazing raffle. Congratulations once again to Ms. Mcleod on winning the brand-new 2019 Hyundai Creta and thank you to Motorworld for supporting this raffle promotion!

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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and Motorworld Partner to Raffle a New 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross SUV

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta announced the raffle of a fully loaded 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross SUV during the SUV Unveiling Party last night, hosted at Motorworld’s showroom. After a successful partnership for the 2019 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, Motorworld continues its support as a Presenting Sponsor of the Regatta for its 40th anniversary in 2020. This year, Caribbean Auto, part of Motorworld Group, is generously sponsoring the newly released Volkswagen T-Cross to be raffled after the award ceremony of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta on March 8, 2020.

In an effort towards the event’s “Green” initiatives, part of the proceeds of the raffle will go towards environmental sustainibility project for the island. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, working in collaboration with the Rotary Club of St. Maarten, Rotary Mid Isle, and Motorworld, will sell raffle tickets to raise funds to go towards sustainability efforts with a focus on island wide awareness projects, as well as the Sint Maarten Yacht Club Regatta Foundation activities.

The evening was well attended welcoming over 50 guests. Bianca Dijkhoffz and her dance crew got the crowd all hyped up with their dance moves and got their undivided attention for the unveiling of the All New 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross. Jeffrey Sochrin, MC for the evening, introduced Dylan Smith, Brand and Logistics Manager at Motorworld, who spoke about this dynamic vehicle and ongoing partnership with the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

“The Motorworld Group has always been proponent in supporting the “St. Maarten Product” in its many forms. That’s why we are proud to be an official sponsor once again for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, one of the island’s largest and most prominent events. This year, we are able to raffle the 2020 Volkswagen T-Cross, a compact SUV that is cool, practical, innovative, versatile and also budget oriented!” shared Dylan Smith. “We encourage everyone to buy tickets for this raffle in order to support sustainability efforts on the island and the SMYCRF activities. Plus, who knows? Maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of the T-Cross!”

John Caputo spoke on behalf of the Rotary clubs of St. Maarten and informed those present about the exciting plans that are being finalized to support the green initiatives on the island.

John Leone, Event Production Director of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, caught the attendee’s interest by releasing new artist information. “We are excited to add Inner Circle and Grandmaster Flash to the line-up of the 40th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta! We've been trying to land “The Bad Boys of Reggae” for quite some time, and now they are coming to our festival! Grand Master Flash is considered to be a DJ pioneer and is credited for developing and mastering innovating techniques, that are still used today, by DJ’s around the world. As the unofficial voice of the 70's, his electrical performance is the perfect way to start the 40 years of celebrations we have planned. With several other great artists lined up, we are sure everyone will walk away feeling great, and we hope they will join us as we float through the decades with music”.

Michele Korteweg, Director of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, announced another event for next month, the Sponsor Party. This annual event serves as a moment to celebrate the support of all the sponsors and supporters of the upcoming St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. “We will be looking forward to next month’s event as we have a lot more exciting news to release by then and want the whole island to get ready for the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta”.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 per ticket at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club, Motorworld, Island 92, Domino’s and at Rotary events. Part of the proceeds will go towards environmental sustainability projects with a focus on island wide awareness projects.

Tickets will be sold every day leading up to and throughout the Regatta. The winner will be announced after prize giving on Sunday March 8th, 2020. For more information about the raffle visit www.heinekenregatta.com

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MINISTER OF VSA DISCONTINUES THE VSA-SZV-SMMC TRI-PARTITE

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - Minister of VSA (Public Health, Social Development and Labour) Pamela Gordon-Carty according to a press release from her Cabinet, has decided to discontinue the VSA-SZV-SMMC Tri-partite as it has completed its objective.

The Tri-partite was established for the purpose of the construction of the new building, which will house the SMMC.

Having consulted with the ministry and with external advisory bodies it has become clear that the tri-partite has concluded its task.

The Tripartite setup:

The VSA-SZV-SMMC tri-partite is based on a protocol that was signed in March 2015 between the then Minister of VSA Mrs. Rita Bourne-Gumbs, Director of SZV Mr. Glen Carty and Director of SMMC Dr. Kees Klarenbeek.

\The tri-partite was not based on a national decree, rather a tri-partite agreement which is an agreement between three parties.

This protocol established consultations to develop the design of a new hospital. The protocol was between the following three parties each with its responsibilities:

  1. The Minister of VSA, responsible to develop and supervise public health policy,
  2. the Social and Health Insurances (SZV) charged with the financing of health care services for persons insured by social health insurance funds, government PP-card holders and civil servants,
  3. the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) a private foundation providing hospital services

The International Labour Organization (ILO) recommends governments to promote tri-partite consultations according to ILO standards between employer-, employee- and government representatives.

Decisions taken by the VSA-SZV-SMMC tripartite not based on established legal advisory procedures:

According to the Minister, it is established that the VSA-SZV-SMMC tri-partite has taken compromising decisions with far reaching consequences for country St. Maarten and the public health system.  This statement is supported by the fact that the Council of Public Health, an official advisory body to the Minister of VSA, in an advice of October 1, 2018 number 2018/111 with as topic: “Tri-partite Minister VSA-SZV-SMMC” reported to the former minister of VSA the following:

  1. the Council of Public Health stated that the Council was NOT approached for an advice of setting up such a “tri-partite” constellation. (page 1 of the advice)
  2. the following are 3 of the 6 breaches as mentioned on page 3 of the advice:
  3. The tri-partite decided to increase the yearly advance from SZV to SMMC since 2006 with 35% without going through the normal advisory trajectory of
  4. establishing a national decree concerning general measures for new social tariffs for nursing/medical services;
  5. The tri-partite decided to increase SMMC tariffs for the private sector without requesting the required advice to change the current national decree;
  6. The fact that SMMC and SZV are decision makers in this tri-partite committee is a conflict of interest. SMMC and SZV were making decisions on matters
  7. concerning themselves, while the interests of other stakeholder were not taken into account.

It is evident that the former Minister of VSA and the Tri-partite have made decisions on issues that have far-reaching consequences for public health.

These decisions were taken without requesting advice from legal advisory bodies, such as the Council of Public Health, the Social Economic Council (SER) and the Council of Advice.

The Council of Public Health advised the former Minister of VSA to change the constellation of the “tri-partite” and the task of the tri-partite into an advisory committee.

The former Minister ignored the advice and did not provide a written motivation to the Council, before deviating from the advice and continuing the original tri-partite constellation.

“Disregarding art 15 sub 1 of the National Ordinance concerning the Public Health Council is unlawful, therefore, as the current Minister of VSA, I will inform the Council of Public

Health of my decision and my motivation to discontinue the Tri-partite”, states Minister Gordon-Carty. 

Decisions taken by the VSA-SZV-SMMC tripartite with far reaching consequences for public health:

The Social and Economic Council (SER) in its advice of April 17, 2018 (ref no: SER/18/BP/11) gave a negative advise on the 41.83% tariff increase at SMMC.  

  1. “The SER does not agreewith the indexation of 41.83%..”. (Page 1)
  2. “The SER advices the government to recalculate the medical and nursing tariffs before the end of the year 2019” (Page 2)
  3. “the national decree medical and nursing tariffs (AB 2013 GT no. 53) determines that SMMC may not charge a higher fee for medical and nursing services than those agreed upon…”(page 3)
  4. SER expresses some concerns as: “The SER does not agreewith the way the adjustments is being calculated………these tariffs should be recalculated instead of just being indexed”(Page 5)
  5. SER continues to express concerns by stating: “The SER underlines that “if the cost of delivered services is significantly higher than government approved tariffs,
  6. it will have a negative impact on the QUALITY of services as well as on the sustainability of SMMC”(Page 5)
  7. “Any increase , especially animmediate increase of more than 40% will have consequences which may negatively influence the SOCIAL AND ECONOMICAL WELFARE OF ST. MAARTEN,
  8. especially considering the effects of the passing of the hurricane Irma has on the social economic landscape” (Page 7)

Minister of VSA Pamela Gordon-Carty continues to state that in various public statements, the St. Maarten Consumers Coalition has also expressed their concern about the tariff increases at SMMC and transfers made by SZV absorbing higher tariffs without an amendment of the national decrees.

“After objectively considering the reports and information received from relevant stakeholders mentioned above, I understand the negative impact of continuing with the Tri-partite in its present form”, says Minister Gordon-Carty. 

Transparency

On the 27th of December 2019 as Minister of VSA, accompanied by some of my advisors, I consulted the members of the coalition in government and in parliament about the above mentioned findings and about my decision to discontinue the participation of the Minister of VSA in this Tri-partite. The fact that the purpose for the existence has also already been realized (the design of a new hospital and a business plan), I have informed the Director of SZV and the Director of SMMC of my decision not to continue the Tri-partite as agreed. Government will continue consultations with SMMC and SZV.

There are existing advisory bodies, which have to consult with SMMC as a health care institution and with SZV as the social and health insurances executing agency.

“Furthermore, I emphasize that any stakeholder in the public health sector is welcome to approach the Ministry of VSA for information or dialogue on improvements of the health care system in St Maarten”, concludes Minister Pamela-Gordon-Carty.

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Minister Doran: The Ministry of Justice is on the right track

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - I didn’t take office to be the “typical” Minister, but to truly work for the people, a press release from the Cabinet of the Minister of Justice said on Tuesday. 

The statement continues: “Honorable Minister of Justice Egbert Jurendy Doran, who took office exactly 7 weeks ago, on November 19th, 2019, said that although the Justice Ministry faced many challenges when he took over, with a concerted effort, he was able to see great progress take place in the Ministry over the short period.

“The Minister, who came in with determination, persistence and commitment, immediately got acquainted with the department heads and was updated on the functioning and state of affairs of each department that falls under his Ministry.

“Goals were set, and the Minister committed himself to achieve them. The Minister encountered many serious unattended issues, some of which were put on the back burners for as long as nine (9) years.

“Here is a short outline of some of the issues that Minister Doran was able to almost immediately deal with and solve during his short time in office. 

  1. End prison strike and made some changes to outdated policies
    “Inmates at the Point Blanche Prison were on strike since October 23rd, 2019. Due to the tense situation and the overall safety for the guards and the inmates at the institution, the situation was one of the Minister’s first priorities. The minister first met with the director of the prison and then had a meeting with the inmate’s association and addressed some 20 grievances, bringing the month-long strike to an end. In his opinion, getting that issue resolved, meant taking care of the safety of the workers and those incarcerated.  
  2. Establishing CFATF committee
    “During the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) plenary meeting on November 28th, 2019, it was determined that Sint Maarten must improve on certain recommendations in order to exit the third round of mutual evaluations and have the Public Statement that was issued revoked during the upcoming plenary meetings that will take place in May of 2020.

“In order to assist in exiting the Public Statement, the Minister has committed himself to establishing a National Anti-Money Laundering Committee, which will include members of the business community, the banking community, experts from the tax office department, in addition to the existing members from MOT and Justice. The task force will work together on rectifying the outstanding CFATF recommendations and coordinate all efforts regarding anti-money laundering and terrorist financing in Sint Maarten. 

  1. Established committee to deal with Law Enforcement Council recommendations
    “In 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Law Enforcement Council (‘Raad voor de Rechtshandhaving’) carried out inspections of the Prison at the request of the Ministers of Justice of the Kingdom (JVO), this in connection with the monitoring of the Human Rights (CPT) recommendations. Several independent recommendations were made by the Council. 

    “In order to ascertain solutions, propose courses of action and to monitor the compliance of the proposed recommendations, Minister Doran is establishing a committee that will be specifically tasked with this role in regard to the recommendations of the Council. The Minister has agreed to meet with the Council every month in order to review the progress of the proposed recommendations.
  2. Signed covenant for ankle bands
    “On the 20thof December 2019, Minister Doran was able to sign a covenant between the different services within the Ministry of Justice (KPSM and the Public Prosecutor’s office) in order to facilitate electronic monitoring of inmates. One of the most important aims of introducing the Electronic monitoring system is to bring relief to the capacity of the Prison in Point Blanche which is currently at its maximum.  
  3. New foster home
    “The Minister of Justice, has taken note of the closure of the I-Can Foundation on the 31stof December 2019. Six (6) children were remaining in the home for which homes were found. In the meantime, it was possible to also find a suitable home for the minor who was away on vacation during the holidays.  

    “With the closing of the I-Can foundation the Minister deems it necessary that a structured children’s home with capable personnel, be established. In the coming weeks the Minister will be exploring the possibilities for a New home for the children.  
  4. Came to a consensus on the positions and ‘appointment year’ for some eighteen police officers
    “The class of 2011 consisted of eighteen (18) cadet police officers. In May 2017 twelve of the cadets took government to court in order to be placed in their correct position(s) respectively the correct year (‘appointment date’). Although the officers were carrying out duties as police officers all these years, on paper they are Cadets, because of some discrepancy as to which year they would be promoted from trainee to police officer (‘Agent’) and subsequently from police officer to Sergeant (‘brigadier’). 

    “On the 13thof December 2019, the Minister, after obtaining official information on the case, met with the officers, management of the police force and other stakeholders, came to a consensus on the disputed ‘appointment year’ and their positions. The payments along with the correct status will be granted retroactively to all eighteen officers.  
  5. Found legal basis to execute Police officers’ payments
    “Another important achievement on the slate of current Minister of Justice Egbert J. Doran, is the payment for the Police Force of Sint Maarten. This is a matter that has been lingering for nine (9) long years, whereby the workers of KPSM have been in continued uncertainty. In order to make a complete assessment of the problem, Minister Doran sat with the various Unions representing KPSM and came to realize that there was a legal basis missing for the payments.  Upon realizing this, the Minister requested his team within the Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with the staff of other relevant ministries, to prepare the legislative tool that was needed in order to make the payment necessary. This was done in the form of a National Decree (LBham) and an accompanying note of explanation (NvT,). 

    “The salary tables for the KPSM were established, for both the police civil servants tasked with executive roles and those with supportive roles, therefore completing the needed legal basis. The Minister of Justice then requested an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers which was held on Tuesday, December 31st, and championed the cause there. 

    “The document was approved and has been submitted to the Governor and will be forwarded to the Council of Advice (RvA). Once this legislative route is complete this National Decree will be published and entered into force.
  6. Minister Doran returned civil servants to work that are on the payroll, but not actively working for years without legal basis.

“It came to the Minister’s attention that there were civil servants within the justice ministry that are on the payroll but are not actively working.  After careful review of each case, the Minister decided that some eight (8) civil servants will be returning to work in their respective functions. It involves civil servants from Judicial Affairs, Customs and the Police department. The employees will be returning to work this week.

  1. Established Management Team (MT) at the Customs Department

“The Minister established a new Management Team (MT), consisting of three persons at the Customs Department. The purpose of the MT is to make decisions and guide the day-to-day organizational operations of the department. 

“Minister of Justice Egbert Jurendy Doran, thanks all workers under the Justice Ministry for their tireless efforts in keeping Sint Maarten safe in all aspects. He encourages them to continue doing all that they can despite the hurdles that may come.

“Sint Maarten needs to be able to count on you at all times” the Minister said.

“The Minister also wishes to thank the staff at his cabinet, the department heads and all other stakeholders at the Ministry of Justice for their individual roles played in getting things done.

“In closing Minister Doran stated that he will ensure, that together with those in charge of the various departments, restructuring and revitalizations take place, in order to ensure that all departments are being run on an acceptable level,” the Cabinet of the Minister of Justice statement concludes.

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