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Government spent millions, but effectiveness support programs remains unclear

PHILIPSBURG — The government paid out millions of guilders through its stimulus and relief program (SSRP) in 2021, but the Audit Chamber has been unable to establish whether this program was effective. ”During the investigation it became evident that it is difficult, if not impossible, to establish whether the SSRP was effective. Mass layoffs More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, November 21st, 2022
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MPC team Upcycle wins grand prize National Youth Pitch competition finals

PHILIPSBURG — Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs speaking at the NYP Competition finals on Sunday, Novembe 20, 2022, said she wants these young entrepreneurs to be featured on the front page of our newspapers More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, November 8th, 2022
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Miedema? Dutch government has never heard of him

PHILIPSBURG — The Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations does not know Jacob A. Miedema, the representative of a Dutch consortium that claims to be negotiating the refinancing of St. Maarten’s liquidity More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, November 5th, 2022
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Mysterious Dutch consortium interested in refinancing St. Maarten’s debt

PHILIPSBURG -- Independent MP Grisha Heyliger-Marten has lit the fire under a discussion about the refinancing of debts that include Dutch liquidity loans and possibly also the loan from the European Investment More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, October 16th, 2022
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National Youth Pitch Competition Launches Accelerator

~ 60 students, teachers, parents were in attendance for the kick-off of the accelerator ~ GREAT BAY — Application to the National Youth Pitch Competition closed on September 30.  Sixteen (16) teams comprising More...

By The Publisher On Friday, October 14th, 2022
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Going independent affects government’s liquidity position

PHILIPSBURG — The new makeup of Parliament with nine factions and five independent MPs has some financial consequences, it appears from answers by Minister of Finance Ardwell Irion to questions posed by MP More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, September 8th, 2022
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Minister Irion: St. Maarten is the most compliant country with SSRP execution

~ Gives special recognition to SZV, ATS, and SMDF ~ PHILIPSBURG — The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ardwell Irion, recently presented the teams of Social & Health Insurances (SZV) and Audit Team St. Maarten More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, September 6th, 2022
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CFT gives green light for revoking salary cuts

PHILIPSBURG — The government has met the requirements that allow it to revoke the 12.5 percent salary cut for employees in the (semi) public sector. This appears from a letter CFT-chairman Raymond Gradus More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, August 18th, 2022
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Finance Minister Ardwell Irion successfully tackles backlog of financial statements

PHILIPSBURG — Finance Minister Ardwell Irion is diligently working on the backlog of annual financial statements. On Wednesday, he presented these statements for the years 2019 and 2020, accompanied by an More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, August 13th, 2022
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Doing business in St. Maarten: bottlenecks and solutions (part 3)

3. Paying taxes PHILIPSBURG — Establishing a business in St. Maarten is an at times an expensive road littered with stumbling blocks. The Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations and the Ministry of More...