All set for January 2019 Tripartite and IPKO Parliamentary Consultations
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All set for January 2019 Tripartite and IPKO Parliamentary Consultations

Sint Maarten Delegation Leader President of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams Sint Maarten Delegation Leader President of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - From January 7-11, 2019 The Parliament of Sint Maarten will be hosting the Tripartite and Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultations (IPKO).

Delegations from the Parliaments of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten will be meeting at the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina, for the Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultations (IPKO).

The four parliamentary delegations will be discussing a number of topics that include presentations on: recent developments per country; state of affairs Venezuela; the Kingdom Charter including current relations within the Kingdom as well as bottlenecks and proposals for improvement; the draft Kingdom Law Dispute Regulation; Housing and the Landfill; election observation; and state of affairs consensus Kingdom laws. The program also includes a work visit to monuments in Mary’s Fancy. The delegations will also get a view of the landfill in Philipsburg. 

The Interparliamentary consultations will conclude on Friday, January 11, 2019 with the signing of an agreement list and a joint press conference of the four delegations. 

Prior to the start of the Interparliamentary consultations, on January 7, 2019, the delegation of Sint Maarten will also be participating in the Tripartite meeting along with delegations from the sister islands of Aruba and Curaçao. 

Among the topics to be discussed are: Constitutional Court; draft Kingdom Law Dispute Regulation; current relations within the Kingdom, bottlenecks and proposals for improvement; situation in Venezuela; collaboration Immigration service of Sint Maarten with the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee and handling immigration in general via ferry; collaboration in the field of Education more specifically the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate; and cooperation in the field of Healthcare.

The goal of the meeting is to prepare for the Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultations as well as discuss topics of mutual interest. 

The Sint Maarten delegation partaking in the IPKO and Tripartite meetings will consist of the following members:Mrs. Sarah A. Wescot-Williams, President of Parliament, Delegation leader;
Mr. Theodore E. Heyliger, Member of Parliament (MP) and Chairman Committee of Kingdom Affairs and Interparliamentary Relations;
Mr. Claude A.H. Peterson, MP
Ms. Silveria E. Jacobs, MP
Mr. Rolando Brison, MP

Mrs. Ann A. Groen-Gumbs, LL.M., Acting Secretary General;Mr. Garrick J. Richardson, LL.M., 2nd Act. Secretary General.Attendance to the IPKO is strictly upon invitation. Other Members of the Parliament of Sint Maarten have been invited to be present as observers. The Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultations (IPKO) sessions will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 115, via SXM GOV radio FM 107.9, the audio via the internet www.sxmparliament.org,www.pearlfmradio.com and Parliament’s Facebook page: Parliament of Sint Maarten.

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