PM addresses recruitment expo in the Netherlands next week

POSTED: 05/11/12 12:19 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams will address participants at the Flinx Recruitment Expo Dutch-Caribbean (Fred expo) at the World Trade Center in the Netherlands next week Thursday.

The Fred Expo is a recruitment event having as its main objective the recruitment of professionals and students from the Dutch Caribbean to return to Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten to strengthen the job force and strengthen the economies of their islands. The event is aimed at both professionals wishing to return to their islands as well students and recent graduates who want to orient themselves with the Dutch Caribbean labor market. The intention is that visitors to this event get a better picture of the career possibilities back home.

“This exposition and orientation event is an essential component in strengthening the capacity and capability of professionals and recently graduated students to orientate themselves on the possibility of returning to the Dutch Caribbean and contributing to the strengthening of the economy of their homes. It is also an excellent opportunity for entities in both the private and the public sector to attract a professional, dedicated and motivated workforce.  There is a marked need for a knowledge-based, professional workforce on our islands and it is you, both those offering the opportunities and those looking for them, who can provide the right climate to foster and address this need,” the Prime Minister said.

Participants at this year’s exposition include businesses, organizations and (government) institutions established in the Dutch Caribbean who will be given the opportunity to directly relate with future professionals.

The Prime Minister further commented that every year our best and brightest young people leave their homes to live and study in the Netherlands and many become young professionals who are doing excellent work in the workforce there. However many of them still have a yearning for their home yet  fear that the opportunities that their islands have to offer are less compared to those in the Netherlands.

“Many feel that they will not have the capacity and opportunity to grow personally and professionally. It is for that reason that an expo and career orientation event like this one is so essential in changing that fear, so essential in making you realize that the opportunities back home are just as diverse and promising as the ones which you might have there in the Netherlands,” a press release from the Prime Minister’s office said.

The Fred Expo is sponsored by the governments of St. Maarten and Curacao, insurer Ennia, and Banco di Caribe.

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