St. Maarten Government approves integrity vision, Aids strategic plan and foreign affairs commission

POSTED: 11/29/12 3:15 PM

St. Maarten – The Council of Ministers (CoM) recently approved several initiatives that were reported on by Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams yesterday.

Based on a proposal to consider developments that are occurring on the regional and international scenes that would affect St. Maarten, the CoM agreed to institute an inter-departmental commission for foreign affairs. It will serve as an advisory body and will comprise all of the secretary generals of the different ministries. The Secretary General for the Education Ministry was the only one not drafted into the new commission. Wescot-Williams said that she believes all ministries should be involved and will be proposing that the education ministry is accounted for as well. The commission was established via a ministerial decree.

A five year integrity vision for the country has also been approved. It stems from the government’s Integrity Project that was first introduced in 2007.

“So now with the 5 year integrity vision as approved by the Council of Ministers we hope now that in the early part of 2013, an integrity bureau can be established.

The Work Place Policy Program for HIV AIDS has also been approved and adopted by the CoM. The prime minister said that she particularly excited about this development which is juxtaposed with the approval of 2012-2016 HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan. The plan was approved by the steering committee for HIV/AIDS chaired by Wescot-Williams.

Discussions will now start with the private sector regarding adopting of the HIV/AIDS work place policy.

Developments in this sector come, as the world prepares to mark International Aids Day on December 1. In observance of the occasion, the prime ministers healthy living program U 2 Can Move, a red zumba workout session will be held on Friday afternoon in front of the Government Administration Building.

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