Trade mission could be turning point in relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands

POSTED: 05/23/14 9:08 PM

St. Maarten – Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams during the 18th Inter Expo Trade Mission which was held at the Westin Resort and Spa yesterday.

She described St. Maarten as “the new kid on the block” with regard to the relationship with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and told the audience that the topics that will be discussed at the forum will have potential beyond the shores of the Kingdom. She indicated that in order to make the Inter Expo sustainable the partners within the Kingdom on the governmental level need to support an enabling environment for the venture to be successful.

“I was very pleased to learn that a member of the Second Chamber of the Netherlands of the Labor party made the following suggestions to the government of the Netherlands that they start to work on a positive agenda for the Kingdom,” Wescot-Williams said. She believes that the Kingdom needs to contribute and create an enabling environment for new relations within the Kingdom to work and be sustainable.

She also spoke of the Youth Parliament which was opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix and told the audience that they are “plotting a new course for a new Kingdom” or “new relationships within the Kingdom.” She called for support of the Youth Parliament and to show them our commitment for a new idea for the Kingdom which is celebrating 200 years. “We need to find new perspectives, the new realities of the Kingdom and make it work for all of the people of the Kingdom,” she said.

She pointed out that at this 18th trade mission there can be a turning point with the relationships that exist within the Kingdom. She mentioned that St. Maarten will seek to eliminate pockets of poverty since this is high on the national agenda of St. Maarten and believes that the Inter Expo can assist by creating job opportunities, especially in the areas of small, medium, and micro business.

She said that she was looking forward to concrete partnerships resulting from these discussions here in St. Maarten so that when the Expo has concluded there will be discussions on sustainable partnerships which will be a “win, win, win for all”, she concluded.

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