Various activities planned for St. Maarten Constitution Day

POSTED: 10/9/11 10:29 PM

GREAT BAY – October 10, 2011 will mark the first anniversary of the attainment of St. Maarten’s new constitutional status within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Every journey begins with a first step. It is also the first anniversary of the present government, as well as the first anniversary of the Parliament of St. Maarten.
To mark the occasion in a dignified and solemn manner, an ecumenical service will be held at the St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church on Front Street from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
A special plenary session of Parliament will be convened shortly after the ecumenical service – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. All members of the Council of Ministers have been invited. The parliamentary session will be carried out under the auspices of parliament. The scheduled speakers are the Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and the faction leaders. They will address the topic “The Experience of the New Constitutional Status”.

From 10:00 a.m. refreshments will be served to civil servants at Celebration Palace as a recognition and appreciation for their patience and resolve in enduring and managing the unchartered course that was set for country St. Maarten. The civil servants will passively participate in the parliamentary session as they will be able to view it via internet on three screens at the Celebration Palace.

Busses will be parked at the Government Administration Building at 9:00 a.m. for transportation to Celebration Palace and will return to the Government Building at 1:00 p.m. Due to limited parking at the venue, civil servants are requested to utilize busses which have been provided by Government.
Various government departments such as the Census Office, Receivers and Tax Department, among others, that provide services to the public will continue to operate. At 11:15 am the prime minister who is responsible for Human Resources will welcome all civil servants to a special motivational session in which a civil servant as well as someone from the private sector will deliver a key note address. The motivational session will come to a close at 12:30 p.m.

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