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Saban governor Johnson part of small 2015 evaluation committee for BES-islands

FRIDAY, 20 DECEMBER 2013

THE HAGUE–Saba’s Island Governor Jonathan Johnson is representing the Caribbean Netherlands in the committee that will give advice on the pending evaluation of the National Government coordination on the public entities Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, also referred to as the Committee Small Evaluation Caribbean Netherlands.

Johnson is one of the three members of the committee that was recently installed by Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk to prepare an independent advice to the Minister before February 1, 2014. Johnson will represent the Caribbean Netherlands in the committee.

Committee Chairman is top consultant of the General Administrative Department ABD of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK Marcel van Gastel, former Director General of the Ministry of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports VWS. The third member is Inspector General of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment I and M Jenny Thunnissen.

The committee will talk with all parties that are involved in the National Government coordination evaluation, including the Executive Councils of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. According to Plasterk, the committee has an independent character and will operate “without the burden or deliberation.”

The Committee for Kingdom Relations of the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament has indicated that it wants to meet with the committee so its members can “share their experiences and opinions” regarding the evaluation, the Kingdom Relations Committee stated in a letter to Minister Plasterk on December 4.

Plasterk replied in a letter to the Senate on December 17, that the evaluation in first instance focuses on how to make the current coordination system of the Dutch government departments for and on the islands more efficient and effective.

Recommendations that require adaptation in current legislation will be included in the bigger general constitutional evaluation of the Caribbean Netherlands in 2015. The smaller coordination evaluation will take place in the first months of 2014.

The committee has been asked to expound on the results of the initial audit by the Inspection, Signalling and Guiding department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then on the request of the Minister, the committee will look into concrete recommendations to improve the coordination of the Dutch Government and the National Government Representative.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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