St. Maarten’s Prime Minister to travel frequently in coming weeks

POSTED: 09/17/11 3:27 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte and Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal are to meet on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York. The meeting will run from September 21 to September 27.

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever will join the Prime Minister in New York as he is slated to attend a special session on Non-Communicable Diseases that will run from September 20 to September 23.

IMF Meeting

Before the prime minister heads to New York she will travel to Curacao on September 19 with the Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto for the final meeting with the team from the International Monetary Fund who visited for the Article IV consultation. The team will use that final meeting to present their initial findings. The Council of Ministers already received a preliminary report.

“Clearly if you look at the developments if we continue on this same track we’re not going to have any major economic growth in terms of numbers up in the two and three percent but there are some actions we can undertake to accelerate the growth and basically it came down to that,” Wescot-Williams said at Wednesday’s Council of Ministers Press Briefing.

Some of the early recommendations also tie into statements made by President of the Central Bank Dr. Emsley Tromp.

“Listening to the Central Bank and listening to the IMF I think we can distill the priorities, within the priorities and say that all action of government will be geared in those (economic) areas. Because again, like the governor put forward in his speech, we’re facing limitations in terms of resources, be it in money or human resources, but with what we got, we need to be able to focus in on some of the areas that are important for the development of the entire St. Maarten. So the government and the private sector needs to get their noses pointed in the right direction,” Wescot-Williams said.

Prime Ministers Meeting

The prime minister is also tentatively set to travel to Curacao around October 6 for a second meeting with her counterpart from Curacao and Aruba. The gathering is based on the Arikok declaration signed in December 2010. The points on the draft agenda include the Kingdom Conference, which is tentatively scheduled for December and the future of the Kingdom. The committees that are to report on these matters and others will also likely be a discussion point at the meeting. St. Maarten has put forward its members but Curacao and Aruba have yet to do so.

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