PHILIPSBURG–The Cabinet of Minister Plenipotentiary Jorien Wuite will embark on a series of discussions and debating events at the Cabinet starting October.
The initiatives are being held in an effort to engage young professionals, entrepreneurs and scholars from St. Maarten who are living in the Netherlands, and is called “After 5 @ the Cabinet.”
The first of three “After 5 @ the Cabinet” is scheduled to start on Tuesday, October 30, at 5:30pm with the topic, “Will you stay, or will you go?” Presenters will be young professionals residing in the Netherlands.
The second “After 5@ at the Cabinet,” will be held on Thursday, November 22, at 5:30pm. It will focus on the European Union and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and their roles in relation to Sint Maarten. Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) President Carol Voges will be the presenter.
The sessions will feature lectures by persons in different disciplines giving presentations in their areas of expertise, after which attendees will be given a chance to ask questions and enter into debating sessions and or voice their own opinion on the subject matter.
The topics in the first series of debates will focus on encouraging the participation of young minds in the promotion, representation and the strengthening of the country’s economic growth while promoting the educational, social and democratic fibre in Sint Maarten.
“The sole objective of this initiative is to further groom and involve the target group in making a conscious effort to return to the island of Sint Maarten to further build the country,” it was stated in a press release on Monday. “For those opting to remain in the Netherlands, we envision to stimulate them even more to work towards lobbying and involving Sint Maarten in their various professions, projects and areas of research. In so doing they will be showcasing the positive aspects and images of Sint Maarten and its people.”
The Cabinet said it is open to suggestions for additional topics and is calling on young professionals and students to email their ideas and suggestions to the cabinet.
Wuite “is looking forward” to engage in these topics and also decided to introduce possibilities for three or four internships at the Cabinet in 2018 and 2019. “These sessions are for Sint Maarten students and professionals and will be carried out in collaboration for the sole purpose of uplifting, promoting and strengthening Sint Maarten with the proper know-how from its very own,” the release said.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting Senior Policy Officer of Education, Culture, Protocol and Press Kelly Busby at: KBusby@kgmsxm.nl.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/81317-sint-maarten-house-to-start-info-sessions-oct