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St. Maarten minister Lake seeks improved service from notaries, Kadaster, Domain Affairs

MONDAY, 14 OCTOBER 2013

PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI Maurice Lake held a meeting with notaries, Kadaster, Domain Affairs and Receiver’s Office aimed at improving service to the public.

According to his cabinet, this was the first time that these entities were brought together to discuss improvement of their services related to the transfer of the right of government long lease land to recipients.

During the discussions, some minor technicalities were identified and an agreement has been reached on moving forward. The four groups will meet in three months to review the state of affairs.

Lake informed especially notaries and the Kadaster that the minister of VROMI must give approval first before any division, transfer or change of purpose of government land can take place.

“Bringing together the four organs that play a role in the long lease of government land was essential since these entities only spoke to each other via phone or email. They never met together as a group,” he said in a press statement.

“In my back to basics approach, it calls for an improvement in services to the public and taking it from a bottoms-up approach. If there are challenges being experienced, let’s find solutions and resolve these within the shortest possible period of time.”

The synchronization of the date of executing a deed was one of the issues raised in the meeting.

Notaries said they encountered problems making payments related to a deed of long lease at the Receiver’s Office.

An agreement was reached during the meeting between Domain Affairs and notaries in connection with the transfer of long lease of government land.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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