St. Maarten elected to OCTA 2012 audit committee

POSTED: 01/26/12 11:52 AM

Left to right, Senior Policy Officer at the Directorate Foreign Relations Khalilah Peters, Acting Secretary General of Ministry General Affairs Hensley Plantijn, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Chief of Staff Cabinet of the Minister of Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten Cor James, Head of Finance & Economic Affairs at the Cabinet of the Minster of Plenipotentiary Carol Voges and Secretary General Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Development, Environment & Infrastructure Louis Brown. (DCOMM photo)

GREAT BAY – St .Maarten was elected as a member of the 2012 audit committee at Monday’s Overseas Countries and Territories Association’s (OCTA) ministerial conference in Brussels. Head of Finance & Economic Affairs at the Cabinet of the Minster of Plenipotentiary of St. Maarten Carol Voges will handle the day to day work of being on the committee. The other members of the Audit Committee are the Falkland Islands, President and the Cayman Islands.
Monday’s meeting also approved appointments to the Executive Committee. This includes a new chairman and vice-chairman of the ministerial meeting. The delegations also reiterated in the administrative resolution that OCTA does not release the European Union institutions and agencies and/or relevant member states (France, Denmark, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom) from their responsibilities to the OCTs individually under the provisions of the Treaty and the Overseas Association Decision.
The OCTs are non-European countries and territories that have special relations with Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. They are associated with the European Community with a view to promoting their economic and social development and establishing close economic relations between them and the Community as a whole. There are approximately 25 OCTs in total that are constitutionally linked to a member state without being part of the European Community.

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