City of Amsterdam to assists with training of staff for protocol division

Commissioner responsible for the Civil Service Maria Buncamper-Molanus, says that during her last official working visit to Holland, discussions were held with the City of Amsterdam regarding the provision of assistance to train staff of the protocol division at the Government Information Service (GIS) in line with the nation acquiring country status.

The initial step to be taken is a training program in protocol and etiquette which will take place from May 26 through 29.


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Based on the Cooperation Agreement ‘Institutional Support’ (IVB), a project was submitted to USONA in September 2008. The initial idea of the protocol training expanded and became a comprehensive project consisting of several components such as determining the mission, objective and responsibilities of a department of protocol, work processes and procedures.

The project also includes the establishment of a training plan in and out of the protocol department and the building of a databank of countries.

The entire project is expected to take eight months and the project leader is Lydia Arnell, who is supported by five other persons, who will work closely with among others the work groups responsible for the establishment of several Country St. Maarten entities such as the Ministry of General Affairs, Secretariat of Parliament, and the department of Foreign Affairs etc.

During the last quarter of 2007, Governor Franklyn Richards signed on behalf of the Island Government a protocol with Mayor Cohen of the City of Amsterdam with respect to various forms of assistance that could be provided.

In October 2007, Commissioner Buncamper signed a subsequent protocol with her counterpart in Amsterdam in the area of Public Health.

The trainer from the City of Amsterdam is Marleen Vermeer-de Groot of the Department of Foreign Affairs. The costs of the Island Government are minimal as the City of Amsterdam of covering the travel expenses of the trainer