Interim Inspector General arrives next weekPOSTED: 11/25/10 11:35 PM
St. Maarten – A temporary head of the Inspectorate of Public Health will arrive next week to lead the organization until early 2011. Minister of Public Health, Social Development & Labor Maria Buncamper-Molanus said the person will likely serve until February 1, when a joint appointee of the St. Maarten and Dutch government will take up the post for three years.
Buncamper-Molanus did not say who the temporary inspector would be and was also not able to disclose who the three year appointee will be. Contract negotiations are still ongoing and the Minister has pledged to make the revelation “as soon as the contract is signed.” St. Maarten and the Netherlands will share the cost of the Inspector General’s salary and benefits with St. Maarten paying 75 percent of the costs and the Dutch government will pay 25 percent. The two countries share the costs because the Inspector General will also work in Saba & St. Eustatius.
More generally the Minister announced that though the official name is Inspectorate of Public Health, this independent implementation agency will do inspections in all areas that need to be covered. Common examples are labor inspection, inspection of education, and hygiene inspections.
“We took a decision to handle things a bit differently and all the inspection agencies will be coming together. I admit it will bring some new challenges, but it’s also custom made for St. Maarten and we went this route because we think it may be more efficient and cost effective,” Buncamper-Molanus said.
The Minister also announced Wednesday that her Ministry is doing its part to create an inventory of laws that have been taken over from the now defunct Netherlands Antilles and need revamping. While government contemplates amendments the laws that were taken over remain in effect.