Presentation on Becoming Country St.Maarten

The Governments of the Netherlands Antilles and the Island Territory of St. Maarten held informational sessions with all of it’s civil servants of the current process of decentralizing the tasks of the Netherlands Antilles and gave an update on the process towards Country St. Maarten.  

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They provided the civil servants with updated information regarding the transfer of tasks, responsibilities and authority from the Central Government to the Island Government, which also included information on the transfer of personnel as well as answering questions regarding the current and the future legal position of the civil servants.

The sessions started on Januray 4th up to January 7th 2010, where the civil servants were seperated in groups as follows: 

                Date                                     Times                     Location                 Departments

Monday, January 4                     2.30pm -16.00pm            Cultural Center         Group A

Wednesday, January 6              9:00am – 10.30am           Cultural Center         Group B

Wednesday, January 6             11.00am – 12.30pm          Cultural Center         Group C

Wednesday, January 6              3.00pm – 16.30pm           Cultural Center         Group D

Thursday, January 7                  9.00am – 10.30am           Cultural Center         Group E

Thursday, January 7                 11.00am – 12.30pm          Cultural Center         Group F


Group A: Directors and Department Heads (Central and Island)

Group B: Sector E&T

Sector ROB

Central Government workers for Ministry of TEZVT

Dept. Directorate Labor Affairs

Group C: Directorate Support

Sector Education

Central Government workers for: Ministry of OCJS, Courthouse, Court of Guardianship,

Prosecutor’s Office

Group D: Central Government workers: Police, Coastguard, Prison, Immigration, Douane

Group E: Central Government workers: Police, Coastguard, Prison, Immigration, Douane

Group F: Directorate Resources


Island secretary office



Staff Commissioners

Central Government workers for: Inspectorate of Taxes, Receivers Office, Directorate of Finance.

Presentation on Becoming Country St.Maarten

The following is the Presentation made on Becoming Country St.Maarten:

Becoming Country St. Maarten

The organizational transformation from

Island Territory to Country St. Maarten

the transfer of tasks to St. Maarten

the transfer of personnel to St. Maarten


Objective of this presentation

To provide information about:

The dismantling process

The Island Governments Organizational Development Projects (OBF)

The Constitutional Transformation Process

The new Government Organizational Structure (NBO)

Government Systems

Social Charter guiding the transfer of Personnel


Milestones along the way

Approve Legislation to transfer tasks from Netherlands Antilles to the Island Territories (Central Government)

Establish the organizational structures (NBO) for the future countries St. Maarten and Curacao (Island Territories)

Implement the NBO as Island Organizational Structure to facilitate dismantling in phases (St. Maarten)

Transfer Civil Servants with their tasks into the NBO (St. Maarten)

Transfer all Civil Servants to Country St. Maarten on transition day (St. Maarten)



St. Maarten has been preparing the organization for several changes since 2005 with the start of the OBF program

As of 2008 major changes were implemented

Adapting the organization to facilitate decentralization has started in 2009


What is OBF?

The name OBF is an abbreviation of three Dutch words:

Organisatieontwikkeling (Organizational Development)

Beloning (Remuneration)

Functioneringsverbetering (Performance Improvement)

It has been integrated in the overall Constitutional Transformation Process


O: Organizational Development

OBF 1 was the finalization of the reorganization of the Island territory it was finalized early 2009

OBF 4 is the design of the organization of country St. Maarten (NBO)

O: FuwaSXM

St. Maarten has its own job description and classification system called FUWASXM

This system will also be used in Country St. Maarten

It was implemented in January 2009

It has been used to develop the job descriptions for Country St. Maarten

B: The new Remuneration Policy

Job Classification is the link between the Organization and the Remuneration Policy

The Island territory of St. Maarten also has implemented a new compensation policy

Including new salary scales incorporating the Windward Islands allowance

It was implemented together with the new Organization (and FuwaSXM) early 2009

It will be used for Country St. Maarten as well

F: Performance Management

It is a system to manage the performance of the whole organization

It consists of two main cycles:

Planning and control cycle (begrotingscyclus)

The Human Resource Management cycle (FUBO)

Performance Management ran as a test for management in 2009 finalizing it’s implementation is scheduled for 2010

Social Charter

Is a set of rules guiding the transfer to the NBO:

of all Island Government Workers to the NBO prior to transition day;

of Federal Workers into the NBO on transition day;

of all remaining workers into the NBO on transition day. 

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Social Charter: The Guarantees

All Public Servants in Central Government service, stationed on St. Maarten before December 8, 2007 will receive a job offer

All Public Servants in Island Government service will receive a job offer

The legal position as a whole will not be less then it was

The present Salaries are guaranteed

Social Charter

Country St. Maarten will have the legal position as presently is in place for the Island Territory of St. Maarten.

Former Central Government workers will be fit in the new Salary System of St. Maarten

Exceptions may apply for services with their own, separate legal position like: Police, Coastguard, Prosecutors office, the Courts

Planning (9 steps to complete transfer to the NBO)

Matching (prepared by PLC)

Informing staff (newsletters and presentations)

Offer by the PLC (three months prior to transfer)

Possible discussion with the PLC (by appointment)

Appeal period (two weeks)

If no appeal: Resolution from BC

If appealed: Appeals Committee review

Appeal granted: new offer, if not Resolution BC

BC resolutions are open to be appealed in court

Questions & Answers

Additional information can be found: (as of January 20th 2010)