Prime Minister presented with first copy of National Gazette

POSTED: 11/29/11 7:45 AM

Left to right, Eline Linthorst, Department of Legal Affairs and Legislation, Prime Minister Hon. Sarah Wescot-Williams, Nancy Joubert, Department of Legal Affairs and Legislation, Femma Pais, Department of Legal Affairs and Legislation, and Hensley Plantijn, legal advisor to the Cabinet of the Prime Minister. (DCOMM Photo) 

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams was presented with the first official copy of the National Gazette last week Friday. The issue is dated November 25, 2011 and contains an introductory message from Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and a number of announcements. The next edition will be available on December 9 and will be published every two weeks.
The publication of the Gazette is required by law under article 1 sub 1 of the Ordinance on Publication and Entry into Force. According to the article, Government is responsible for issuing a National Gazette. Customers can contact the Department of Legal Affairs and Legislation at [email protected] or visiting the office in the Imperial Building, W.J.A. Nisbeth Road #23 to subscribe or to get the publication. A single copy costs four guilders and the subscription costs 100 guilders. Proof of payment must be obtained from the Receiver’s Office before people can obtain their copy from the Department of Legal Affairs and Legislation.
“As a young Country we have experienced many events, which have taken place for the very first time on St. Maarten. We have experienced our first opening of Parliament, our first Royal Visit, and our first birthday as a Country. In keeping with this trend, we present to you this first edition of the ‘National Gazette of Country St. Maarten, which in the future will be appearing twice a month,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams stated in her introductory message.
“Government will be publishing official communications and announcements in this Gazette. Through this medium transparency in government is guaranteed, in the same manner as the Constitution and more specifically the National Ordinance which is geared at realizing publication and enactment. I consider the launch of our National Gazette as another important moment in the development of our Country,” Wescot-Williams added.

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