Plans of approach for immigration service ready

POSTED: 10/25/12 12:08 PM

St. Maarten – The seventh Plans of Approach ministerial consultation took place Monday between the government and Interior and Kingdom Relations Minister Liesbeth Spies.
The meeting was conducted via video conferencing through a technological setup the government “borrowed” to facilitate smooth communication, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said yesterday. It resulted in the completion of the plans of approach for the new immigration service.
The government was represented by the prime minister and her support staff, Minister of Justice Roland Duncan and his support staff and the secretary general of the Council of Ministers. Spies also brought a Dutch delegation to the video conference.
“The new immigration service and the plan of approach that guided that entire area can be considered completed since Monday’s meeting. This is one of the areas that was governed by a plan of approach. From the reporting on this particular area it can be considered completed and therefore no further reporting is necessary,” the prime minister stated at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers weekly press conference.
She further expressed the hope that the plans of approach for legal affairs will also be completed before the year ends.
Monday’s talks follow a decision in principle by the Kingdom Council of Ministers to formulate a decree on the continuation of the plans of approach. Each plan covers a two year period and the decree for them to be continued for, at the maximum, another two years must be published two months before the continuation begins. It is up to the responsible ministers – General Affairs, Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI) and Justice – to indicate whether they believe that the plan can be ended or if they will need to spread the implementation over a longer period.
At the start of 2013, the prime minister expects the plans of approach to be completed in the areas of be the National Detective Agency, Census and the Ministry of VROMI.
“It is anticipated that the two remaining ones; the police and the prison expansion project of Pointe Blanche will take place so that plans of approach will be completed in 2014,” she added.
All of the target dates were recommended by the commission that gives the progress reports on the plans of approach.
The use of technology saved the government on travel expenses that would have been incurred had the local group travelled to the Netherlands to meet with Spies, the prime minister said.

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