National Bar Association revels in warm welcome

POSTED: 01/23/12 6:14 PM

St. Maarten – Daryl Parks and Yvette Alexander – the key organizers of the National Bar Association’s mid-winter conference – have thanked the St. Maarten Bar Association and the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau for their assistance in planning and running the meeting which officially opened Thursday night. Planning in earnest began with a site visit in August, 2011 that allowed Parks to experience being on island under a storm warning and for him to witness a court hearing “where an attorney was arguing his heart out.”

Judge Yvette Alexander delivers remarks at the opening of the National Bar Association’s mid-winter conference, which is being held at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort

“The hospitality that has been extended to us by the local Bar Association is absolutely amazing,” Parks said.

The St. Maarten Tourism Bureau was also praised for its effectiveness and being on hand to welcome the roughly 200 delegates when they arrived for the actual meeting. There was also a thank you to Governor drs Eugene Holiday and Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams for their individual “warm welcomes”.

In reply Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto thanked the association for hosting their meeting here. The two ministers also wished the nearly 200 delegates a fruitful meeting and urged them to enjoy the island.

“There would not be a better place at this time for your meetings.  We express the desire that you would not only have fruitful meetings but also enjoy the island. For those who have been here before this is only a re-enforcement of your commitment to the island and for those who are here for the first time I know that you would be coming back to St. Maarten,” Wescot-Williams said.

Later she’d add, “I am aware that some of the meetings you have had already were quite intense, but if you do not get it solved in St. Maarten, you will not get it solved again.”

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