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St. Maarten prime minister confirms no contract yet with Transparency International

THURSDAY, 10 OCTOBER 2013

PHILIPSBURG–Prime Minister Sarah Wescot- Williams confirmed on Wednesday that an agreement has not yet been signed with Transparency International (TI) to conduct an integrity assessment in St. Maarten.

Wescot-Williams told reporters at the Council of Ministers press briefing that she has not yet received the mandate to sign the agreement. “I need to be mandated [to sign the agreement – Ed.] and that mandate needs to be formalised by a signature of the Governor [Eugene Holiday – Ed.],” Wescot- Williams said.  “While Transparency International has agreed to the grant agreement and the government of St. Maarten has also agreed to the grant agreement…for me to be able to affix my signature to it officially, I need to have that national decree mandating me or authorising me to do such,” she said.

Wescot-Williams had said in a press release from her Cabinet issued on August 11 that St. Maarten was “very close” to making the necessary arrangements to have Transparency Inter- national visit St. Maarten to conduct an Integrity Assessment in the country. She had said at the time that a grant agreement was being finalised for the assessment, which she had said is very important for Country St. Maarten.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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