Holland’s PM Rutte and trade mission visit St. Maarten next week

POSTED: 07/11/13 12:22 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Mark Rutte will visit St. Maarten next week accompanied by a trade mission led by the Director-General for Foreign Economic Relationships at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Simon Smits.

Prime Minister Rutte is accompanied by the acting Secretary General at his Ministry of General Affairs Bart van Poelgeest, the director-general of the National Information Service Henk Brons, the director Kingdom Relations Erwin Arkenhout and the Dutch Representative of the Netherlands in Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten Gerard van der Wulp.

Part of the trade mission are Hans Biesheuvel, chairman of MKB, the Dutch organization for medium and small enterprises, Pieter Lubberhuizen, regional director for infrastructure company Strukton, Fulco Vrooland, sales and marketing director of technology and logistics company IHC Merwede, Jan Willem Kelder, board member of sustainable technology organization TNO and Max Smits, general manager for the Dutch Caribbean, the Greater Antilles and Suriname for airline KLM.

On Thursday morning the Dutch visitors arrive on an Insel Air flight from Curacao. They will be received at the airport by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and the Dutch Representative in St. Maarten, Gert Versluis.

Around noon Governor drs. Eugène Holiday receives the delegation for lunch. In the afternoon Rutte will meet with PM Wescot-Williams at the Government Administration building. afterwards the whole political delegation meets with the Council of Ministers, followed by a brief press conference, before a visit to the parliament where President Gracita Arrindell and faction leaders Roy Marlin (DP) and George Pantophlet (National Alliance) will welcome them. Other faction leaders have also been invited, but their presence was not confirmed yet yesterday.

In the meantime the trade mission will pay a visit to the dump on Pond Island, followed by visits to Gebe, Seven Seas Water and Sol in Cay Bay.

Later in the afternoon the political delegation and the trade mission members will converge at the Simpson Bay Lagoon for a boat tour with Vromi-Minister Maurice Lake. Mark Mingo will give a presentation on behalf of the Lagoon authority and Tadzio Bervoets will speak on behalf of the Nature Foundation.

After a visit to Fort Amsterdam, there is a dinner at Divi Little Bay with Governor Holiday and Prime Minister Wescot-Williams.

On Friday the two delegations visit Statia. In the evening there is a dinner offered by Governor Holiday for Prime Ministers Rutte and Wescot-Williams together with the President of the Collectivité   d’Outre Mer de Saint Martin Aline Hanson and the Préfet Délégué Philippe Chopin.

On Saturday morning Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte will receive Rutte at the police station in Philipsburg for a meeting with Justice Minister Dennis Richardson, Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos and youth prosecutor Karola van Nie, prison director Edward Rohan and Richelda Emanuel of the Court of Guardianship. Members of the trade mission are free for bilateral business meetings

After this meeting there is a bus tour through underprivileged neighborhoods in Dutch Quarter, followed by a visit to the Pointe Blanche prison. Around noon there is a tour of the Harbor Group of Companies with CEO Mark Mingo for both the political delegation and the trade mission, followed by lunch. In the afternoon airport director Regina Labega will give a presentation. The last item on the program is an option for journalists to speak with Prime Minister Rutte, before the visitors board an Air France plane for departure to Paris. From there the delegation will fly on Sunday morning to Amsterdam, where it is scheduled to arrive shortly after nine.

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