St. Maarten parliamentary delegation visits Voges

POSTED: 06/14/11 12:18 PM

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Kingdom Affairs & Inter-parliamentary Relations Committee members visited the Minister of Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges on Monday in The Hague. Members of the St. Maarten delegation left over the weekend and are scheduled to return on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. Discussions which officially start on Tuesday, June 14 will continue until Friday, June 17.

On Tuesday, will be the first official parliamentary committee discussions at the Dutch First Chamber of Parliament.  Delegation leaders from Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten will give short introductory speeches.  The Dutch delegation leader will thereafter officially open the meeting.

Parliamentarians from the three Kingdom partners will exchange ideas and views related to the work procedures for the parliamentary summit during the coming days along with the first orientation meeting. The delegations will then visit the Dutch Ministry of General Affairs where they will pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

On Tuesday afternoon, the three parliamentary delegations will gather in the plenary hall of the First Chamber of Parliament where they will discuss the consequences of the introduction of the new constitutional status for countries Curacao and St. Maarten with respect to the opportunities and challenges.

The St. Maarten parliamentary delegation comprises of President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell, Chairman of the Kingdom Affairs & Inter-parliamentary Relations Committee Member of Parliament (MP) Roy Marlin, Ruth Douglass, Patrick Illidge, William Marlin, Secretary General of Parliament Jossy Semeleer, and Advisor Ralph Richardson.

span><�  �?�pc�MsoNormal>“When it comes to building our nation and State, none other can do this for us. Our governance structure, our democracy hinges on how we build our State. In that context, I believe we will have to learn as we proceed. No democracy was perfected in a day. To avoid chaos, we luckily have the basis of new and adopted laws and legislation. But it is a continuous process, lead by the government as a whole that has to build and build on state-society relations,” the prime minister added.


“Nation building, to my belief is also a process, but one in which every resident needs to understand his and her role and play that role. The hard infrastructure is also building a nation, but it has to go hand in hand with intangible growth of a nation. Nation building includes our commonality and symbols of this commonality, such as our national flag and song, and yes, elements of our culture. Because of the multi-national character of our society, this part of nation building needs to be nudged. And so albeit at the last moment, I requested that the observance of our flag this year not be skipped,” Wescot-Williams said.

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