Arrindell stresses cooperation with Aruba and reengineering state organizations

POSTED: 10/31/11 12:29 PM

“These institutions might even require some re-engineering.”

St. Maarten – President of Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell has called for closer functional cooperation between Aruba and Sint Maarten. She has also said that St. Maarten should look at “re-engineering government organs. Both statements are part of speech Arrindell delivered at the 25th Jubilee Anniversary of Aruba’s Parliament last week at the Westin Hotel Aruba, Grand Ballroom. The theme was “The State without a Parliament, a desirous situation?”
“My friends, 25 years is but a brief moment in the life of a country and building Aruba is still a great work in progress. But, as you celebrate your silver Jubilee, as the great architects of the Aruba Miracle, you can hold your heads high, and with pride, bask in your accomplishments. Congratulations,” Arrindell said at the start of her address.
“As we in St. Maarten embark on our own journey with full responsibility for our own nation-building, we hope to make full use of your archives and of your experiences. For there is much we can learn from you. There is much we can learn from each other. There is also much that we can, and must do together. We need to rekindle and reenergise our friendship. In partnership, we must explore and exploit to the fullest all possible areas of functional cooperation to the mutual benefit of our people,” Arrindell added.
The call for reengineering was Arrindell’s ways of addressing the congress’ underlying theme – the separation of powers and the role of the people’s representative therein.
“Important to any discussion of this theme must be consideration of how best our relatively small societies can achieve functional systems in the area of checks and balances without an overkill of regulations and institutions that stifle genuine policy making and how best do we establish legal frameworks that are financially affordable and sustainable, while allowing for our peoples’ active participation and involvement in governance. While I do not pretend to be well-informed about what happens here in Aruba, I can assure you that in our case in St. Maarten, we have several institutions and structures in place to facilitate the necessary checks and balances and we are beginning to realise that some of these institutions might even require some re-engineering,” Arrindell said.
“All of these entities are guided by their respective assessment regulations which serve as the light against which the actions of the political establishment are held. But against this background, one serious question arises: If there is not a balanced approach to the exercise of the power and the authority of these restraining entities, who will want to be a Member of Parliament in the next decade, especially if we add the effects of the social networks to the existing equation? Who will want to be a Member of Parliament in the next decade when taking into account that the social networks will continue to transform the way countries are governed with every word and every action being scrutinised and immediately transmitted to the rest of the world – sometimes defying familiar set of rules and regulations,” Arrindell said in her address.
“At the jubilee celebration I expressed warm greetings and congratulations from the people of Sint Maarten. Aruba has been a pioneer within the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and they have done a great job these last 25-years,” Arrindell stated in a release on Sunday.

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