On Tuesday morning, May 26, 2009, Commissioner Maria Buncamper-Molanus opened a four-day workshop on Protocol training for select members of the Island Government apparatus.
The workshop will provide training on Etiquette, Protocol, and the organization of meetings, receptions, luncheons, dinners, and study visits.
Commissioner Buncamper-Molanus explained how and why this protocol training came about, namely, that she was impressed by the reception she received from the Protocol department when she traveled to the Netherlands some months back.
"I inquired about having such training in St. Maarten, and within some months, it was made possible," Commissioner Buncamper-Molanus said. "I want to thank you for being here. And this training is actually a prelude to St. Maarten becoming a separate country."
"Do enjoy the course and take advantage of the knowledge being provided."
The four days of training in Protocol is conducted by Miss Marleen de Groot, International Relations Department for the City of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Miss De Groot has been working in the field since 1987.
On the first day, the participants were informed about Etiquette, dress code, table manners, and seating plans.
Day two will be on Protocol, and the Decoration system. On Thursday, there will be more on Protocol and organizing of luncheon, dinners, receptions, and meetings.
On Friday, the workshop will be about how to organize a foreign visit, Project management, and how to work with the press.