St. Maarten Prime Minister: “At least now we have a full board”

POSTED: 03/29/12 2:33 PM

St. Maarten – “I expect that he will demonstrate fair judgment in matters relating to St.Maarten and Curacao,” was the hope expressed by Prime Minister Sarah-Wescot-Williams on Wednesday as she confirmed  the appointment of a seventh member of the supervisory board of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten in the person of Robert Pietersz.

Pietersz is the former president of the Joint Court of Justice and his appointment, though temporary, will remain in effect until Curacao and St. Maarten can achieve a consensus on a joint chairman for the bank. St. Maarten has nominated tax consultant Martin Hassink for the job, but Curacao has suggested Sophia Rudsel.

“At least now we have a full board and some of the decisions regarding the Central Bank can now be taken as these were pending until the full composition of the board,” the prime minister said.

The decision taken by the Joint Court of Justice president Lisbeth Hoefdraad to appoint Pietersz did not require the approval of the governments of St. Maarten and Curacao. It forms part of the statutes of the Central Bank. It has been reported that Curacao’s Finance Minister George Jamaloodin asked Hoefdraad to name the seventh member since the bank charter provides for this if no agreement is reached between the two countries after three months.

“It is a decision taken by the President of the Court of Justice which the articles provide for. It is a temporary appointment but nevertheless it is an appointment and will stand until countries can decide on the permanent filling of that position,” the prime minister said.

Pietersz now joins businessman Robbie Ferron, tax consultant Marciela Illidge attorneys L. James, Jairo Bloem and Glenn Camellia as well as associate professor at the University of the Netherlands Antilles Renny Maduro on the bank’s board.

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