The initiative whereby Dutch municipalities made personnel available to assist St. Maarten after Hurricane Irma will be expanded and become more structural for the entire Dutch Canbbean.
Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops confirmed, in a letter he sent to the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber earlier this week, that he signed an agreement with the Association of Dutch Municipalities VNG on June 4.
The declaration of intent states that the parties will give impulses to the exchange of civil servants working in European Dutch municipalities and their counterparts in the six Dutch Caribbean islands.
“We work in a network of municipalities that are willing to detach civil servants to the islands and to welcome employees of the Dutch Caribbean governments, to learn from each other and to specifically increase administrative capacity,” said Knops.
Knops announced that he was working with the VNG to arrange a formal cooperation structure that includes agreements on financing and other criteria, which should be finalised after the summer. Knops announced the intention to intensify cooperation between the VNG and the islands in a letter to the Second Chamber regarding the progress of the administrative agreement’s execution with the Public Entity Bonaire.
According to him, the execution of the administrative agreement was in the first phase. This phase consisted of strengthening implementation capacity, drafting (further) plans of action and securing funds to execute projects. “This means progress is not yet visible and tangible in all areas. This does not detract from the fact that this phase is essential to lay a sound basis for the future.”
The Daily Herald.