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St. Maarten parliaments asks Council of Ministers to reorganize Justice Ministry

MONDAY, 24 JUNE 2013

PHILIPSBURG – There organisation of the Justice Ministry is among several issues Parliament has asked Government to handle.   Parliament also wants Government to focus on tax reform, the social development of St. Maarten, electoral reform and the National Health Insurance (NHI).

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said in a press release from her cabinet based on statements made on her weekly radio programme “One on One with the PM” that much work needed to be done on electoral reform and Nation al Health Insurance.

“I would like to see some form of electoral reform in place by the next elections and to see significant steps forward in the National Health Insurance so that everyone [in – Ed.] St. Maarten has basic medical coverage,” she said.  Wescot-Williams also spoke about the new Council of Ministers, saying the ministers had “hit the ground running” during their first week in office. “None of the ministers are new to Government and have a back ground or expertise in Government and all of them hit the ground running, which is important in terms of continuing Government, especially after somewhat of a stagnation due to the political developments of the weeks past,” she said.

She also said several logistical items had been discussed during the first Council of Ministers meeting, but noted that the financial state of the Country had been the first agenda point.  “We dealt with several logistical issues and a few other matters, but the heavy pending items will take place in the next coming weeks. However, we did discuss the budget and Minister of Finance the Honourable Mar tinus Hassink has been in constant and intense consultation with the CFT [Committee for Financial Supervision – Ed.] regarding going forward with the budget.

“It is critical to the functioning of the ministers and ministries that the current financial limitations of Government are taken into consideration and discussions surrounding this and receiving updates in this regard are extremely important,” she said.

Bron: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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