Government inks deal for Public Service Centre

POSTED: 01/25/13 12:30 PM

St. Maarten – The government’s eagerly anticipated Public Service Centre is expected to be launch in the second week of March now that the government has signed a rental agreement with the Foundation of Government Buildings.

On Wednesday Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams signed the agreement for the rental of the top floor of the Simpson Bay Fish Market along with chairman of the foundation, Kurt Ruan.

Financing for the project was secured through USONA to the tune of 1.5 million guilders for adjustments to the building and staffing.

The signing was witnessed by USONA representative Angela Dekker and members of the project team for the Public Service Centre. The center is expected to bring more improvements in the delivery of government services, with the Prime Minister calling it a “one stop shop.”

“An important part of this service will be technology and making use of information communication technologies. We also want to minimize the gap between government and citizens,” the prime minister said.

With the experience gained in Simpson Bay, the government plans to set up centers in other districts.

The new facility will house departments from the Ministries of General Affairs, Public Health, Social Development and Labour and Finance.

All government services will be provided there except for the issuance of passports.

“The only service that may have to be done in Philipsburg is the actual issuance of passports. However the intake of passport applications will be done at the center. We have been working on this project for a very long time. Discussions started in 2009 regarding coming to a public service center concept. I think it is extremely important,” the prime minister said.

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