St. Maarten Economic development, sustainable energy are key focuses at Parliamentary consultations

POSTED: 06/13/11 1:04 PM

THE NETHERLANDS/GREAT BAY – St. Maarten’s complete delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation on the Kingdom is now in The Hague. The meeting will be officially opened on Tuesday morning and run until Friday. The delegation then begins returning on Sunday.

Delegations from Aruba and Curacao have also flown to The Hague. All delegations will be hosted by a delegation of the Dutch States General, which consists of the First and Second Chamber.

Economic development and sustainable energy are the focus of the talks. Education has also been listed as a subtheme under the heading of economic development. Parties are also expected to agree on the frequency, structure and organization of inter-parliamentary dialog.

Some of the sessions are public and people here will be able to follow them via the Second Chamber’s The first such event is the opening ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday. At 8:15 a.m. discussions will focus on coming to a preliminary assessment of the impact of introducing new statuses. Delegations will have the chance to also discuss the general process for handling Consensus Kingdom Laws. Short comments can be made about specific laws, but there will be no debate. This exchange will lead to recommendations and conclusions that will be forwarded to the Kingdom Conference between the Governments of the Netherlands, St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba.

On Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon MPs will discuss the constraints and opportunities in education and the links between education and economic development. The subthemes include, but are not limited to, the link between education and work, creating knowledge economies, education costs, study financing options and brain drain.

Parties will discuss the opportunities and challenges around sustainable energy policy and its link to sustainable economic development on Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The subtopics include energy consumption, innovation, green energy sources, waste treatment and water purification.

The discussions on the frequency, structure and organization of inter-parliamentary dialog will take place between 3:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Friday. The parties will seek to agree on duration of those meetings, location, shape, agenda items and delegations. In a departure with past meetings, this gathering will not have a final declaration.

St. Maarten’s delegation to the meeting is led by President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell. She is joined by Chairman of the Permanent Committee on Kingdom Relations and Inter-parliamentary Affairs Roy Marlin, Dr. Ruth Douglas, Patrick Illidge and William Marlin. The latter three are members of the committee. Also part of the delegation are parliament’s secretary General Jozef Semeleer, protocol officer Roddy Heyliger and advisor Ralph Richardson.


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