St. Maarten Prime Minister and Governor review passport covenant

POSTED: 08/11/11 11:40 AM


St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Governor drs. Eugene Holiday met recently to discuss the implementation of a covenant regarding the procedures on the issuance of Dutch passports. The covenant is necessary because both the Civil Registry and the Cabinet of the Governor play a role in the issuance of Dutch passports.
The covenant governing the cooperation is for one year and requires that parties meet on a quarterly basis to discuss its implementation. The document also includes a requirement that the Civil Registry create an implementation for the cleanup of the basic administration and that staffers in the department receive training. The collaboration between the government department and the governor’s office is further strengthened by the physical presence at the Civil Registry of a representative of the governor’s cabinet.
During the recent meeting parties also discussed the progress in implementing a baseline study that was done by the Foundation Government Accountants Bureau (SOAB) and a safety plan with regards to the issuing of travel documents. The latter point is considered a critical element of the covenant.

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