Honourable President of Parliament Drs. Gracita Arrindell would like to announce that a plenary public session of parliament is scheduled for Thursday, April 21 at 10.00am.

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber at the House of Parliament located in the former Caribbean Palm Building.

The National Alliance (NA) had requested the Hon. Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto to be present and to answer questions posed by parliamentarians regarding the 2011 country Sint Maarten budget. 

The plenary session will also deal with incoming pieces as well as the advice of the Presidium with respect to the appointment of the Secretary-General of Parliament.


Honourable President of Parliament Drs. Gracita Arrindell would like to announce that the permanent Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, April 13 at 2.00pm.

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber of Parliament in the House of Parliament located in the former Caribbean Palm Building.

Parliamentarians will be discussing four agenda points.  Firstly, the future parliamentary meetings between parliaments within the Kingdom; the second agenda point is the future vision of the Kingdom

The third agenda point is freedom of travel within the Kingdom; and fourthly, the procedure related to the handling of draft Kingdom laws. 

Committee Members of Parliament (MP) for the Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations Committee are Hon. MP William Marlin, Hon. MP Roy Marlin, Hon. MP Dr. Ruth Douglass and Hon. MP Patrick Illidge.  All members of parliament have been invited to attend the meeting.

The Permanent Committee of Justice will be meeting on Thursday, April 14 at 9.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of Parliament.

The committee will have follow-up discussions on the plan of action.

The members of the Justice permanent committee are Hon. MP Patrick Illidge, Hon. MP Johan Leonard, Hon. MP Leroy De Weever, and Hon. MP George Pantophlet.  


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On Sunday President of Parliament Honourable Gracita Arrindell and faction leaders represented in Parliament met with Dutch Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Hon. Piet Hein Donner and Minister of Immigration and Asylum Hon. Gerd Leers at the House of Parliament.

In this photo: Member of Parliament (MP) and Democratic Party (DP) Faction Leader Hon. Roy Marlin, Hon. Minister Piet Hein Donner, Hon. President of Parliament, Drs. Gracita Arrindell, Hon. Minister Gerd Leers, MP Hon. Independent Faction Leader Patrick Illidge and MP Hon. Faction Leader of the United Peoples party (UP) Romain Laville. Photo DCOMM



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Honourable President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell had a courtesy visit from Dutch Ambassador Lucita Cecilia Gairoen-Nisa Moeniralam who is stationed in Trinidad & Tobago.

The Ambassador and the President discussed a number of issues such as visa policy procedures for certain Caribbean countries; the state visa law; cutbacks in the diplomatic corps in the Kingdom of the Netherlands; and the working relationship with regional entities on a functional basis such as disaster committees. 

The Hon. President of Parliament Arrindell added that the Ambassador was very instrumental in introducing the Sint Maarten delegation to a number of Ambassadors including the one from Japan during the official state funeral in Barbados last year of the late Prime Minister Thompson.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ambassador Lucita Cecilia Gairoen-Nisa Moeniralam on her appointment in representing the Kingdom within the Caribbean Basin.

“Moeniralam was also very instrumental in assisting Sint Maarten with organizing its first referendum back in 1994,” President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell said on Sunday.


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