Plasterk: Financial status St. Maarten worrisome

POSTED: 09/17/13 2:28 PM
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Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk in a meeting with Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams during his last visit to St. Maarten. File photo Today/Milton Pieters

St. Maarten – Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk concern that St. Maarten’s financial status is worrisome has been met with resistance by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. The prime minister echoed that the island has been placed in an unfair and challenging position and needs to be given the opportunity to negotiate a better position.

“At some point we need to be able to talk about these conditions, about the laws and regulations that are in place. We live in a dynamic society, not only here in St. Maarten but globally and things change so fast. Why can’t we talk about the measures that are in place currently and whether they are meeting their objectives? I still feel that way that we should be able to talk with those who have agreed to these regulations, CFT and otherwise,” the prime minister said.

The prime minister was at the time speaking during the Council of Ministers weekly press conference.

She indicated that the splitting up of the Netherlands Antilles brought along with a huge debt and financial responsibility rather than much needed relief to start a new country. The Kingdom government therefore needs to look at St. Maarten’s financial situation realistically not theoretically.

“If a country like the Netherlands where they don’t even have to have a balanced budget, they are allowed a small margin of deficit and they as a developed country have a problem staying within that European Union margin,” the prime minister added.

St. Maarten has been making every effort to “hold its head above water” The community is growing and government needs to create an enabling environment for the economy to grow, the leader of government said.

While talks have been ongoing with the Dutch and St. Maarten is still not where it would like to be, Prime Minister Wescot-Williams explained. She believes that while St. Maarten is being forced to show consideration for Dutch entities Saba and St. Eustatius, no consideration is being shown for St. Maarten.




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