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‘Persons of confidence’ to be appointed in all St. Maarten ministerial departments


~ As part of Integrity in Government Programme ~

PHILIPSBURG–All departments of government will soon have a “person of confidence” as part of the ongoing Integrity in Government Programme. Civil servants will be able to discuss and get advice from these persons about integrity dilemmas.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, who is guiding the programme, told the press on Wednesday that a committee to guide the appointment of the “persons of confidence” or integrity resource person has been established by a ministerial decree.

Additionally, government has drafted the national ordinance integrity government. An integral part of this draft law is the establishment of an integrity bureau. The draft law needs the approval of Parliament while the bureau will be put in place by national decree.

Government’s Legal Affairs Department is reviewing the draft law and the proposed national decree before it begins its passage through the Advisory Council and to the floor of Parliament. Also being looked at are the formation for the integrity bureau.

Wescot-Williams hopes to get the law package back “soon” for the approval process can commence.

As for the suggestion from Attorney General Dick Piar about the need for legislation to protect whistle-blowers, the prime minister said after the integrity bureau is in place if any deficiency is found in the system further legislation can be looked at. “This is new. We are taking it in steps.”

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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