PM reports on government-owned companies

POSTED: 11/30/12 12:27 PM

St. Maarten -The restructuring of government-owned company TelEm was described as “A long and tedious process,” by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, but made successful because of the cooperation between union representatives and the management team.

As government shareholder representative, the prime minister congratulated the telecommunications company on Wednesday. Earlier this week, TelEm announced that it had completed its restructuring process which was aimed at making the organization a leaner and more competitive one. Several workers were retrenched and TelEm also rebranded its entire operations.  It is still unconfirmed which regional mobile provider will partner with the company’s Telcell to up sales in the mobile communication sector.

The prime minister also met the board and management of Winair on Monday. The airline also underwent restructuring and based on the update she received, the prime minister said that “The prospects are positive as far as Winair is concerned. There is a visible turn around. The future is bright for Winair.”

This again, attributed to cooperation of past and present employees of the regional carrier. Winair plans to announce changes and new responsibilities that it will be undertaking soon.

Over at Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS), the quick scan that was initiated to evaluate the state of affairs at the government owned company has been completed. The scan was done an alternative to an audit by the Government Accounting Bureau (SOAB)

The results of the inquiry have been distributed to all stakeholders, the prime minister said, adding that they are expected to provide feedback soon, which will then be provided to the Council of Ministers for recommendations on the running of the post office.

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