St. Maarten Ombudsman focuses on networking

POSTED: 01/30/13 2:06 PM

St. Maarten – The office of the Ombudsman will focus this year of compiling a list of private entities with public authority, on fine-tuning its internal procedures and on networking, Ombudsman dr. Nilda Arduin said at her first press conference of the year yesterday.

The networking activities are focused on other supervising and investigating entities like the Financial Intelligence Unit MOT, the National Detective Agency (Landsrecherche), the Public Prosecutor’s Office and organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, consumer foundations, labor unions and associations.

The Ombudsman will continue with its district meetings and expand exchange sessions to provide information to civil servants and private entities with public authority. “The emphasis will be on standards of proper conduct,” the Ombudsman said.

The Ombudsman will furthermore monitor the execution of earlier made recommendations.

The office will also host the Caroa Conference in St. Maarten from May 5 to May 9; Caroa is the Caribbean Ombudsman Association.

The conference’s objective is to expand on knowledge regarding the work of Ombudsman and to exchange information. The conference’s theme is: Towards exemplary public  ethics in challenging times; the role of the Ombudsman.

The conference will deal with issues like public service ethics, human rights, investigative techniques, public ethics, the growing trend of the privatization of public services and dealing with modern technology like social media.

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