Minister Fleming-Artsen thanks former Minister Voges for Service to Country

Minister Plenipotentiary Hon. Josianne Fleming-Artsen in a ceremony on February 11 at the Sint Maarten House in The Hague, thanked the first Minister Plenipotentiary Hon. Mathias Voges (2010-2014) for his service to country Sint Maarten.

Voges has had a distinguished record having served as: Acting Lt. Governor; a Member of the Council of Advice of the former Netherlands Antilles as well as Sint Maarten; Member and President of the Board of the University of St. Martin; President of Stichting Samenwerkende Fondsen; President Sint Maarten Monument Preservation Foundation; President Foundation Traffic Safety; Secretary Emilio Wilson Historical & Cultural Foundation; and President of the Boekenfonds Catholic Education.

Voges received a Royal Decoration in the Order van Nassau; he also received a decoration from the Pope entitled ‘Pro Ecclessia et Pontice; and is the author of several books.

During his tenure as Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague, Voges assisted several organizations: Soualiga Foundation; the United St. Maarten Connection; the Oualich Faces; and supported the efforts of St. Maarten Student Support Services (S4).

“Minister Voges laid the foundation of the Cabinet Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague after our country gained its autonomy within the Kingdom of the Netherlands in October 2010.  Today, proceeding ministers will continue to build upon that foundation.

“I would like to thank Minister Voges on behalf of the people and Government of Sint Maarten, for service to country, for his tireless support, his involvement and commitment, to helping the various organizations that he has been associated with,” Minister Plenipotentiary Hon. Josianne Fleming-Artsen said on Sunday.