Shigemoto meets with students and tourism representative

POSTED: 10/28/11 11:25 AM

St. Maarten – Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto met C. Pompier and J. Chiyadi on Thursday. Both are St. Maarten students who will be completing their studies in the Netherlands in 2012 and 2013 respectively. They both plan to return and work in the Ministry of Finance when they are finished.
Pompier is studying at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Chiyadi is working at the Dutch Ministry of Finance for the job training requirement of his course. He expects to take up a post in the Department of Fiscal Affairs.
The minister also met with T. Trinidad and S. Khodabaks – St. Maarteners who are working at the Tax Authority – who are working on getting their Masters Degree in Fiscal Law before returning in 2013/2014.
All four students informed the Minister that they are doing well with their studies which sometimes can be challenging, and that they are all anxious to “learn as much as possible in order to return home and better serve their country.”
Shigemoto also had a lunch meeting with the Vice Minister Plenipotentiary Richard Panneflek on Thursday to discuss internal matters. This was before he paid a courtesy call on the country’s tourism rep for the Netherlands Interreps BV in Voorschoten. The director and staff of the agency gave Shigemoto an overview of promotional activities and were informed that the bureau had received an award for the best promotional campaign as Dutch travel writer and designer of the travel website droomplekken.nl, Corno van den Berg on October 25 was awarded the Caribbean Travel Writer Award for 2011 for an article entitled: “St. Maarten, Caribische mix van Frankrijk en Nederland.”

Shigemoto meets the S4 Student Coordinating Organization in Amsterdam today to get an overview of operational activities and to meet with students from the island.
“I make it a point to visit students in order to provide them with factual information on current developments back home. It is also an opportunity for me to hear from the students about their progress with their studies and how it is going studying in a different environment when compared to home,” Shigemoto said on Thursday.

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