Arrindell: “Presentation Carnival plans not yet honored.”

POSTED: 03/4/13 12:44 PM

St. Maarten – “We are just about to conclude yet another popular Heineken Regatta. I take this opportunity to congratulate the organizers, all participants, including the winners, the performers, police force and the public of St. Maarten for hosting yet another successful event to which we can all be proud of,” United People’s Party member and MP Gracita Arrindell stated in a press release.

“The next big happening is Carnival; an event that is marketed by the Tourism Ministry as well as the St. Maarten Hotel and Tourism Association. (SHTA), and which receives subsidy from government to the tune of 500.000 guilders a year”.

The SHTA requested an audience with parliament, in a letter dated January 15, which was registered as incoming document January 21, to quote: “present these regional plans- to elevate St. Maarten’s carnival locally, regionally and internationally- via digital presentation at your earliest convenience so that our representatives are up to date with the plans of the foundation responsible for St. Maarten’s largest festival.”
To date parliament has not received any notification to meet on this cultural event as requested by the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF). Why not? Is this event not important? Are we not interested?

It certainly is not due to the ‘bursting agenda’ of meetings that parliament has already scheduled. Whatever the reason for yet another lack of preparedness and management of meetings of parliament, I too look forward to the meeting with the SCDF soonest. To be clear: I fully understand that a meeting can be called with three signatures of Members of Parliament. Since the SCDF submitted the request for the meeting, we gave due respect to those in charge to set the date and time. However, ample time has passed and it is high time for the meeting with parliament to be held.

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