Minister Lee impressed with St. Maarten House

POSTED: 06/13/16 5:15 PM


stmaarten-Lee and Geerlings

From left: Parveen Boertje, Kelly Busby, Minister Emil Lee, Perry Geerlings, Margie van Gijn and Carol Voges. Photo contributed

THE HAGUE – Minister Emil Lee (Public Health, social Development and Labor) paid a courtesy visit to the Cabinet of Minister Plenipotentiary where he met with the staff of the St Maarten House.

In the absence of Minister Plenipotentiary Henrietta Doran-York, Minister Lee was received by the director of the cabinet, Perry Geerlings.

Minister Lee was given a tour and orientation, where he was introduced to the staff, and enlightened about their function and specific fields of expertise. The staff members introduced were Protocol and PR Officer Margie van Gijn, Carol Voges, (Finance and Economic Affairs and representative on the OCTA board in Brussels), Kelly Busby (personal advisor to the Minister of Plenipotentiary and responsible for Education and Cultural Affairs) and director Perry Geerlings.

He is in charge of the day to day affairs at the cabinet and the main advisor to the Minister Plenipotentiary in her preparation for the Kingdom Council of Ministers meetings. Furthermore the director is monitoring the (political) developments within all ministries in the Netherlands which might have consequences for Sint Maarten.

Minister Lee also met with two members of the SZV management team who are currently in the Netherlands to attend the e-Health week. Chief Operations Officer Ramzy Dennaoui and Chief Customer Officer Parveen Boertje discussed briefly the intermediate role the cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary fulfills for St. Maarten pensioners residing in the Netherlands as well as the role the cabinet could play for customers SZV refers to the Netherlands for medical treatment.

“I am impressed with all that the St Maarten house is doing,” Minister Lee said.  “As St Maarten works towards a new medical center and health care reform, the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague has a critical role for the country Sint Maarten in keeping the Netherlands informed where it concerns the local developments on the island and our government as well as informing Sint Maarten of the latest trends and developments in all areas of government and the social landscape of the Netherlands.”

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