The Central Committee of Parliament will be meeting on October 03 with the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Hon. Cornelius De Weever.
The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber in the House of Parliament on Monday at 10.00am.
The first agenda point is government’s policy in regards to the issuance and renewal of doctor cards and government’s policy on the granting of social aid.
The second agenda point is the labour situation on the island.
The National Alliance (NA) faction in Parliament in a letter dated August 31, 2011 requested this meeting to discuss the aforementioned.
The meeting which is also open to the public will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20.
The Parliament of Sint Maarten will be represented at Parlatino committee meetings this week in Oranjestad, Aruba.
Members of Parliament (MP) Romain Laville, and MP William Marlin are scheduled to leave the island on Wednesday and until September 24.
The MPs will be attending committee meetings on Gender Equity, Childhood and Youth; Economic Affairs, Social Debt and Regional Development; and Labor, Social and Legal Affairs.
The Parliament of Sint Maarten joined the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino), a regional, permanent and unicameral organization, comprising the National Latin American Parliaments elected democratically upon popular vote. Parlatino was created on December 7, 1964.
The purpose of Parlatino is to promote, human rights, and economic and social development; to maintain and foster relations with other geographic parliaments, as well as international organizations; and to defend against imperialism and colonialism.
President of Parliament Hon. drs. Gracita Arrindell, expresses her sympathy to the Pantophlet family on the passing of Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. George Pantophlet’s father.
“On behalf of the Parliament of Sint Maarten, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to National Alliance (NA) MP Hon. George Pantophlet on the passing of his father George R. Pantophlet (81).
“Our prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family during this difficult time as they mourn the loss of their love one,” Hon. President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell stated on Sunday.
Activities surrounding the ceremonial opening of the new parliamentary year 2011-2012 will start at 9.30am, Tuesday, September 13 when guests start to arrive at the House of Parliament.
Between 9.30am and 9.55am, His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday and entourage will arrive. The Governor will inspect the uniform troops comprising of the St. Maarten Police, the St. Maarten Voluntary Corps and the Marines.
At 9.55am President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell will enter the House of Parliament followed by the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers.
At 10.00am the President of Parliament will open the ceremonial meeting and welcome everybody in attendance. After observing a moment of silence, the President will appoint a Reception and Departure Committee. Thereafter the meeting will be adjourned.
Members of the Reception/Departure Committee will proceed to the entrance of the House of Parliament and wait for the arrival of His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday and his entourage.
After the Governor and his entourage enter the House of Parliament’s General Assembly Chamber, the President of Parliament welcomes His Excellency.
Governor Eugene Holiday then proceeds to deliver the annual state of the nation address which is the Governments Governing Program for the new parliamentary year.
After a national address of approximately 30 minutes, the President thanks His Excellency the Governor and declares the new parliamentary year 2011-2012 officially open.
The Governor and his entourage leave the General Assembly Chamber under the escort of the Reception/Departure Committee.
Upon the return of the Reception/Departure Committee to the General Assembly Chamber, the President of Parliament formally closes the ceremonial opening of the new parliamentary year.
The President of Parliament and the Prime Minister join the Governor and his entourage and proceed to the Wilhelmina Straat to view the military parade along with Members of Parliament, the Council of Ministers and invited guests.
After the parade, the invitees proceed to Sheer Restaurant for a reception party hosted by the President of Parliament on the occasion of the ceremonial opening of the new parliamentary year.
The opening ceremony of the new parliamentary year will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 from 9.30am on Tuesday. It will also be carried live on radio and via the internet on parliament’s website: www.sxmparliament.org
The Clem Labega Square paid-parking lot will be closed early on Tuesday morning until 2.00pm. The lot will be used to provide parking for the dignitaries who will be attending the ceremonial opening of the new parliament year.