Chamber-special on TV tonight

POSTED: 01/22/13 12:30 PM

St. Maarten (DCOMM)—The Department of Communication airs a special about the Chamber of Commerce & Industry at 6 p.m. today on St. Maarten Cable TV channel 115.

DCOMM interviewed the Chamber’s Executive Director Claret Connor about the objectives and tasks, its organizational structure, current issues, challenges, public-private partnership ventures, inner workings, projects and plans, elevating standards of quality service, requirements for registering a business, and finally, the Chamber’s future aspirations.

The special is intended to provide information about the Chamber’s role in society, to stimulate awareness and to encourage businesses to partner with the Chamber.

The Chamber represents approximately 17,000 members. Its main tasks are public registration of all businesses and providing requested and unsolicited advice in the interest of its members to government.

Connor elaborates on “increasing the working relationship between its members, government, and its social partners to increase the quality of service to the public. We have to work in conjunction with unions, other trade associations, non-government organizations, and government to discuss, and oppose or support certain issues that affect the business community.”

Connor said that the Chamber has been busy upgrading its database and dealing with the challenges of globalization. “Considering its core tasks and representing so many businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, whose funding comes from membership, has to be proactive and conduct itself in a most advantageous manner if we want to advance ourselves.”

“It is fundamental that we have to ensure quality service to our guests, the tourists that come to the island and spend money. They provide us with a living; in turn, we have to hold each other accountable and responsible,” Connor added.

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