No contract signed yet with Transparency International

POSTED: 11/20/13 6:21 PM

St. Maarten – Transparency International and the Government of St. Maarten still do not have a final agreement for conducting a National Integrity System assessment.

Chris Sanders, a spokesman for Transparency International in Berlin, Germany, said in an email to this newspaper that there is ‘an agreement in principle with the government.” However, he added, “we still have to work out some final details before it can be considered complete.”

On November 5, the deal seemed to be near complete, because Natalie Baharav, another spokesperson for Transparency International, told this newspaper on that date that a press release about the contract would go out that same week.

It is unclear what has caused the new delay, because TI did not provide further details.

The government has in the meantime formed a committee to do an integrity investigation apart from the TI-assessment. The members of this committee are Justice Bob Wit, Cft-board member Richard Gibson Sr., retired banker Jan Beaujon, former public prosecutor Rieke Samson-Geerlings, the chairman of the Progress Committee Ronald Bandell and the retired chairman of the Council for Administration of Justice Erik van den Eemster.

So far, no information about the progress of this investigation has been made public. The same goes for the integrity-investigation the Kingdom Council of Ministers ordered Governor Holiday to execute. Based on the royal decree that went into effect on October 1, the governor has to submit an interim report to Kingdom Relations Minister Plasterk by January 1.

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