Plans of approach and introductions top Spies’ St. Maarten agenda

POSTED: 05/31/12 12:06 PM

St. Maarten – Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies will meet the new Council of Ministers during a visit to St. Maarten on June 10 and June 11. The meeting was announced on Wednesday by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams.

Spies and the cabinet will meet on the morning of June 10. That same morning the Dutch Minister will hold a one to one discussion with the Prime Minister.

There will also be a ministerial consultation on the progress reports for the Plans of Approach that cover the Civil Registry, the Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Vromi) and the Ministry of Justice. Parties will discuss the reports for the final quarter of 2011 and the reports for the first quarter of 2012. Justice Minister Roland Duncan is also expected at the consultation because the majority of the reports fall under his ministry.

Head of the Dutch Representation in Philipsburg Marcie Jonkers confirmed that Spies’ visit will be about making acquaintances with the new government and have a consultation on the plans of approach. The concept program also includes a visit to the new primary school in Cay Hill, which is financed by the Dutch Government through Usona, and a meeting with the police force. These two items are still being worked out.

It is also the plan that the minister will attend at least part of a consultation between the Governors of St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba that will be held here on June 11. These meetings are held on a regular basis.

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