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Tentative date in August set to handle St. Maarten 2013 budget

MONDAY, 08 JULY 2013

PHILIPSBURG–A plenary session will be held during the first week of August, when Parliament resumes, to handle 2013 budget issues.

President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell met with Minister of Finance Martin Hassink on Thursday to discuss administering amendments to the 2012 and 2013 national budgets. This was the Minister’s first visit to the House of Parliament and his first official meeting with the President of Parliament.

Arrindell plans to meet with Member of Parliament and parliamentary Permanent Expenditures Committee Chairman Roy Marlin to discuss matters related to the budget.

A number of issues were discussed pertaining to the Ministry of Finance, including the handling of the approved 2013 national budget.

“It’s of vital importance to have certainty and credibility with regard to the budgets of Country St. Maarten. We have to build a sustainable resilient economy in challenging times. We do have our inherent limitations as a small island nation, but we have succeeded despite the challenges,” Arrindell was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the Department of Communications DComm.

“A tentative date has already been set for the first week of August to have a first public plenary meeting related to the outstanding budget issues. I was very pleased with the discussions that we had and on how we should move forward. The new Minister of Finance has hit the ground running. He is well aware of our small, resource-challenged, structurally-dependent, open one-pillar economy,” she said.

“As a country we possess immense possibilities, opportunities and strengths. One of our key strengths is a resilient and largely hardworking people. I am very confident that we will overcome our budgetary challenges.”

The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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