Constitutional change and economic options discussed at U.S. State DepartmentPOSTED: 07/30/12 1:35 PM
St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams met with recently appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Caribbean, Central American and Cuban Affairs Liliana Ayalde during an official visit to the United States State Department last Tuesday. The meeting centered on St. Maarten’s new status as a Country within the Dutch Kingdom and the new dynamics the status brings with it. Ayalde was very pleased with the meeting and described St. Maarten’s constitutional position as one that is unique in the Caribbean.
Ayalde also expressed gratitude for the cooperation between St. Maarten and State Department officials thus far. She also encouraged the Government of St. Maarten to make use of United States agencies to enhance the island’s networking capabilities, especially in the areas of security and trade programs. One such program is the so-called “Caribbean Basin Initiative” and related elements, which aims to facilitate economic development and export diversification of the Caribbean Basin economies.
Deputy Director of the Office of Caribbean Affairs Henry Rector, First Secretary Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Robert Dressen and senior advisor to the Prime Minister Emilia Thomas also attended the meeting.