Minister Plenipotentiary Hon. Josianne Fleming-Artsen recently met with her Cabinet staff at the Sint Maarten House to outline her priorities for 2015.
The governing accord was the one of the first items discussed in the meeting with staff.
“We are looking forward in 2015 of making an impact and getting the respect that we deserve as a country. This can be achieved by having open and frank discussions and having understanding for the various challenges that as a new country we are confronted with.
“There is much to be done and we are ready and up to the task to make things happen in the best interests of country Sint Maarten,” Minister Plenipotentiary Hon. Josianne Fleming-Artsen said.
One of the first priorities is working to improve country Sint Maarten’s image in the Dutch community by having an active image improvement public relations campaign.
Another priority is to enhance the working relationship with the Minister Plenipotentiaries of Curacao and Aruba in The Hague.
Tourism is the mainstay of the country’s economy; Sint Maarten House will be looking at possibilities in conjunction with the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau where it concerns the promotion of the country in the Netherlands.
Identify, promote and stimulate economic development and relations resulting in foreign indirect investments in Sint Maarten from Europe; participating in trade missions; and promoting the hub function of Sint Maarten to Europe and beyond.
The Cabinet will also look at opportunities to access funding from sources within Europe for public and private sectors on Sint Maarten.