PHILIPSBURG:— As part of Minister Lee’s working visit to the Netherlands, Minister Lee paid a courtesy visit to the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary (St. Maarten House) in the Hague where he met with the staff of the St Maarten House.
In the absence of the Minister of Plenipotentiary the Hon. Mrs. Henrietta Doran-York who is presently on a working visit, Minister Lee was received and welcomed by the Director of the cabinet, Mr. Perry Geerlings.
Minister Lee was given a tour and orientation, where he was introduced to the staff, and enlightened on their function and specific fields of expertise. The staff members introduced were: Mrs. Margie van Gijn whom acts as Protocol and PR Officer, Mrs. Carol Voges, who is in charge of Finance and Economic Affairs, but also acts as the representative on the board of OCTA in Brussels, Ms. Kelly Busby, who is the personal advisor to the Minister of Plenipotentiary next to her portfolio of Education and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Perry Geerlings who is the Director in charge of the day to day affairs at the Cabinet and the main advisor to the Minister of Plenipotentiary in her preparation for the Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting. Furthermore the Director is monitoring the (political) developments within all Ministries in the Netherlands which might have consequences for Sint Maarten. Absent at that meeting were staff members Javier Badaracco, in charge of administrative support and archive and Mr. Maarten van Rooijwho is in charge of the legal department
During the working visit Minister Lee also met with two members of the SZV management team who are currently in the Netherlands to attend the e-Health week. Mr Ramzy Dennaoui Chief Operations Officer and Mrs Parveen Boertje Chief Customer Officer discussed briefly the intermediate role the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary fulfills for St. Maarten pensioners residing in the Netherlands as well as the role the Cabinet could play for customers SZV refers to the Netherlands for medical treatment.
Minister Lee stated that ” I am impressed with all that St Maarten house is doing. As St Maarten works towards a new Medical center and health care reform, the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague has a critical role for the country Sint Maarten in keeping the Netherlands informed where it concerns the local developments on the island and our Government as well as informing Sint Maarten of the latest trends and developments in all areas of Government and the social landscape of the Netherlands.”
Source: St. Martin News Network
Minister Lee visits St Maarten house in The Hague.