St. Maarten chairs cooperation committee

POSTED: 04/12/12 12:41 PM

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten will chair the committee that will make an inventory of the areas in which countries in the Kingdom desire to cooperate with one another. This committee, which was agreed to at the first Kingdom Conference on December 14 last year, will also draft a proposal for the creation of a Kingdom Secretariat. The other committees agreed to at last year’s meeting in The Hague are a workgroup on freedom of movement in the Kingdom, a committee that will create an inventory of the practical issues challenges that stifle cooperation.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams made the announcement of the chairmanship at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing. She also told the media that the people who will sit in the four committees are the same people who are part of the committees installed as a result of the Arikok Agreement, which was signed by the prime ministers of Aruba (Mike Eman), Curacao (Gerrit Schotte) and St. Maarten (Wescot-Williams). That choice was made because the committee under the Arikok agreement – Legal Committee and Strategic Committee – has some overlapping tasks with the ones agreed to at the Kingdom conference.

The Department of the Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations will provide support to the committee.

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