PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — MP Sarah Wescot has weighed in on the news that the SG of VROMI, Mr. Louis Brown has been stripped of most of his responsibilities by a memo from the Minister of VROMI. The MP who has vast knowledge of the structure of government and was the key political player in the drafting of the current organizational structure has addressed the Minister of VROMI as well as the Minister of General Affairs, responsible for Personnel And Organization.
The MP explains:
Without further explanation by the minister for this drastic act, all kinds of theories will be conjured.
Hence my urgent questions to the Minster of VROMI and the Minister of General Affairs:
Maybe, just maybe there is something to say for re-assessing the structure of government as to its effectiveness in this day and age. After all, we are 7 years into the new structure.
However, this can not be an isolated act by an individual minister, as this will have implications for the entire government organization and the processes across ministries. Bear in mind, that this structure was chosen to replace the former structure of government that was fragmented, loose and top-heavy in terms of departments and units. Units could be created from one day to another. Some officials had dual roles. Checks and balances were difficult to achieve and is was easy to shun responsibility. While ministers are politically responsible for their ministries, there is the need for synchronization across all ministries. After the initial months of the new rules of order for the council of minsters e.g. , it became evident that if there was to be even a semblance of uniformity and a collective vision, more matters belonged on the table of the Council of Ministers.
With senior civil service positions being reduced and or sidelined, where is the guarantee for continuity in government, when their is a change in political office holders? On the other hand, senior government officials, especially SGs must be held accountable for their performance, as are those who report to the SG.
There must be reasons why such a drastic decision was taken and it would be interesting to learn from the minster what these reasons are. So my questions to the respective ministers are:
To the Minister of VROMI:
To the Minister of General Affairs: