Dutch Chairpersons of First and Second Chambers of Parliament on working visit
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Dutch Chairpersons of First and Second Chambers of Parliament on working visit

The Dutch delegation at SXM Airport after they arrived on the island.  They were met by President of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams along with other officials from Sint Maarten. (Photo contributed) The Dutch delegation at SXM Airport after they arrived on the island. They were met by President of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams along with other officials from Sint Maarten. (Photo contributed)

SIMPSON BAY – A delegation consisting of the Chairlady of the First Chamber, Mrs. Ankie Broekers-Knol, and the Chairlady of the Second Chamber, Mrs. Khadija Arib, and their support staff were welcomed at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) on Saturday, January 6, 2018 by the Chairlady of the Parliament of Sint Maarten, Mrs. Sarah Wescot-Williams and staff members of the secretariat of Parliament. Also present was the Dutch Representative, Mr. Chris Johnson.

A brief tour of the terminal building of the airport was given by COO (Chief Operating Officer) and Acting CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of PJIA, Mr. Michel Hyman, in order for the delegation to get a firsthand look at the damage caused to the airport by hurricane Irma.

This tour was followed by an island wide tour through several areas and neighborhoods. Both Chairpersons were touched by what they saw in terms of the damage and destruction caused by Irma. At the same time they were impressed with the progress made so far and the resilience of the people of Sint Maarten.

This visit to Sint Maarten is part of a visit to the Leeward Islands to show solidarity and support to the peoples of these islands after enduring hurricanes Irma and Maria just a few months ago. The delegation will also visit the islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire in the next couple of days.

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