PHILIPSBURG–Benjamin Ortega will take a leave of absence from his duties as St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) general member and board Vice-President from January 5 to February 26.
Ortega said in a press release on Wednesday that he is taking the leave of absence because he intends to contest the upcoming snap Parliamentary election set for February 26. Ortega is founder and leader of the St. Maarten Development Movement (SDM).
“Although it is not a mandatory part of the articles of incorporation of COCI, or whether noted in the bylaws of the Chamber functioning handbook, I see it fit to ensure that the integrity of the Chamber by my postulation is not brought into question at any given moment,” he said.
Ortega was elected to the COCI board on April 21, 2017, and voted as Vice President of the board on July 1, 2017. “I believe that there is much more every member of COCI and the business community can contribute to the economic development of the island and country,” he said.
Ortega is the managing director of a small business consultancy firm, I-Novus. The name of the company stems from the Latin word Innovātus, which means Innovative/Innovation. He said, “We must be more innovative in developing our goals to move forward structurally.”
Ortega thanked the persons who supported him in his capacity on COCI’s board. “Although I hope to be elected to the Parliament of St. Maarten, I will always continue to give my structured input to the further development of St. Maarten, whether through COCI or as a Member of Parliament,” he said.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/72432-benjamin-ortega-takes-leave-of-absence-from-coci-board