St. Maarten PM receives integrity report

POSTED: 07/15/14 2:55 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams received the final report from the Integrity Committee Public Administration on Monday at her Cabinet at the Government Administration Building. Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson, the head of the Constitutional Court Judge Bob Wit and committee member Richard Gibson Sr. presented the report to the PM

The committee’s task was investigating, reporting on and making recommendations for the proper functioning of the public administration. The report is entitled “Doing the right things right” and it contains forty recommendations to improve the integrity of the country’s public administration. “Some of these recommendations could be effectuated immediately,” the committee wrote in a press release. “”Others would require new legislation and their implementation could therefore take some more time.”

The PM again emphasized that the government has integrity programs within the civil service and that she has been working steadily on it, informing civil servants about their obligations and the pitfalls that they may encounter during their work.

“We are also focusing on the rules, policy and regulations making them extremely important. Previously it was not that critical as the population was smaller but our community is much more complex right now; diverse persons with their diverse requests make it extremely important to have rules and regulations in place with the necessary checks and balances.

“We should not forget how important the Ombudsman is in this process. The population is using the Ombudsman more and more and the Ombudsman is also looking at our legislations. Our systems are working, sometimes slower than some would like to see, but they are working. Information to the public of St. Maarten is very important and creating that dialogue is equally important,” Wescot-Williams said.

Judge wit will present the report to the Council of Ministers this morning. The council will study and discuss its contents and then send the report with its own position on the recommendations to Governor Holiday and the parliament within four weeks. Once the parliament receives the report it will become public, as will the position the government has taken on its content.

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