First consular corps reception – Governor Holiday calls on consuls for cooperation

POSTED: 02/24/15 9:41 PM

St. Maarten – Governor Drs. Eugène  Holiday received members of the consular corps during a reception dubbed Strengthening Ties at Sheer restaurant on Front Street on Friday evening. Currently, there are seventeen established consulates, with five resident consults in St. Maarten.

“In an increasingly globalized world strong ties between countries are critical to foster the interests and aspirations of our citizens,” the governor said. “That is because strong ties are the bedrock of effective partnerships and cooperation. In the case of most of our countries, ties have been initiated foremost through person to person and business to business contacts. And what better way to foster stronger ties between our respective countries than to tap into and build on the ties initiated by our peoples and businesses.”

Records show that contacts between our citizens go back several generations – in some cases such as the Dominican Republic and the United States as far back as the late 19th and early 20th century. And while the link is not always clear or a straight line, these contacts play an important role in building expertise, mutual respect and understanding and as a result shared values and ideas. This is especially important in building shared principles of democracy, the rule of law, the dignity and value of the individual, and the entitlement of all individuals to enjoy fundamental rights and freedoms. It is in other words essential for the building and maintaining of strong communities in which our citizens can live safe, free and in prosperity.

Governor Holiday encouraged the consults “to join the government and people of St. Maarten to identify and quantify opportunities for mutual growth.”

The cooperation between the countries ought to promote investments in educational programs and exchanges, the governor said. Secondly, he mentioned the maintenance of quality medical services and the stimulation of aviation and shipping “for unhampered tourism and trade growth.”

Lastly, the governor called for cooperation “that strengthens our institutions to combat forces that threaten the peace and stability required to offer our citizens the prosperity they aspire.”

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