The Central Committee of Parliament will be meeting with the St. Maarten Insurance Brokers Association (SIBA) on August 11 with respect to the insurance industry.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in the General Assembly Chamber in the House of Parliament on Thursday at 2.00pm.

The SIBA will be highlighting a number of issues including providing information about the current insurance sector.

“Every stakeholder has an opportunity to meet with Parliament where they can bring forth issues that can lead to the betterment of society.

“As I stated a few weeks ago, when parliament returns from recess, it is going to be a very busy time and this is the case since August 8 and will be so for the rest of the year.

“I encourage the public to tune in to Channel 20 on St. Maarten Cable TV and they will be able to see the public sessions of parliament as it takes place. All meetings of parliament are public and broadcasted live unless otherwise indicated,” President of President Hon. Gracita Arrindell said on Tuesday.


The planned Central Committee of Parliament meeting, with a representative of the Netherlands Antilles Development Bank (OBNA) for Tuesday morning, has been postponed for a later date.

The meeting with the Small Business Development Foundation (SMDF) is still scheduled as planned for 2.00pm on Tuesday in the General Assembly Chamber.

Members of the Central Committee will meet with the Executive Director of the SBDF Ludwig Quenniche to discuss the foundations current affairs and projects as well as future plans.

The meeting is public and will also be carried live by St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 20.


The plenary session of Parliament regarding the 2011 national budget will be carried live on Sint Maarten Cable TV Channel 20 on Wednesday, June 29.

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber at 10.00am and all Ministers are scheduled to be present for the opening.

Minister of Finance Hiro Shigemoto will be the first to address Parliament. He will be followed by the following ministers, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Cornelius De Weever, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Rhoda Arrindell, Minister of Justice Roland Duncan, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications Franklin Meyers, Prime Minister/Minister of General Affairs Sarah Wescot-Williams, and Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Development, Environment and Public Infrastructure Theo Heyliger.

The two agenda points are incoming documents and the second national ordinance establishing the 2011 national budget for country Sint Maarten including attachments.


The Corporate Governance Council (CGC) will be making a presentation to the Central Committee of Parliament on Tuesday, June 28, Honourable President of Parliament Drs. Gracita Arrindell announced on Monday.

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber at 10.00am in the House of Parliament.

The CGC forwarded two documents to Parliament dated May 13 and June 7 which will be discussed on Tuesday.


A plenary public session of Parliament regarding the 2011 national budget will be held on Wednesday, June 29, Honourable President of Parliament Drs. Gracita Arrindell announced on Sunday.

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber at 10.00am.

The two agenda points are incoming documents and the second national ordinance establishing the 2011 national budget for country Sint Maarten including attachments.


The new Secretary General of the Parliament of St. Maarten Josef Semeleer took the oath in front of the Honourable President of Parliament Drs. Gracita Arrindell on Tuesday afternoon at 5.00pm in the General Assembly Chamber of Parliament.

The oath taking also took place in the presence of members of parliament and Hon. Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Cornelius de Weever.


Honourable President of Parliament Drs. Gracita Arrindell would like to announce that an additional point has been added to the agenda of the public session of Parliament for Monday, May 23.

The first agenda point is the advice from the Presidium for the temporary appointment of a 1st Deputy Secretary-General.

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber at 10.00am.

The second agenda point is the advice of the Presidium of Parliament concerning the appointment of a deputy Secretary-General of the Parliament of St. Maarten.


Honourable President of Parliament Drs. Gracita Arrindell would like to announce that the permanent committee for Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations is set for Monday, May 23.

The meeting will take place in the General Assembly Chamber in the House of Parliament at 2.00pm and is open to the public.

The agenda for the meeting is to discuss the concept program for the parliamentary consultation that will take place in The Hague from June 14 through the 17 in the Netherlands.

Committee Members of Parliament (MP) for the Kingdom Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Relations permanent 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.


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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