Published On: Fri, Apr 11th, 2014

Tripartite ends with two resolutions

Tripartite_Aruba2ORANJESTAD, WILLEMSTAD - The tripartite agreement between the parliaments of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten ended with two resolutions and a list of eight action points. The message was clear: Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten will intensify cooperation in various fields. This is a report from Caribbean Network.

The first resolution is about setting a Legislative Academy, where lawyers will be trained. All three countries have said that there must be a local institution where lawyers are trained to specialize in the specific needs of each country. The plan is to be submitted to the various Ministers of Education to jointly develop the curriculum with the universities of the countries.

The second resolution is about the Unicef ​​report which was published last year on the state of children and young people in Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. The Delegations agreed to jointly formulate action points in order to implement the recommendations in the report. These action points will include aid to families in the education of their children, actively working with stakeholders and more awareness campaigns about the rights of the child.

Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten have come to ​​the agreement that Aruba will send the concept about the law regarding appeals in tax litigation to the other countries. Curaçao and Sint Maarten will have to make their own version, but using the Aruban model. The registration of all testaments is still done in Curacao. The three parliaments will discuss this with their finance ministers, whether it is possible to have their own registration system. Meanwhile Curacao will ensure that there is sufficient staff employed at the registry within three months.

Aruba and Curacao will hold a bipartite to come to an agreement on free trade. Initially, it will be about goods; the treaty can later be extended to services. Then St. Maarten can be included since they don’t have import duty on goods. But before any agreement on the free market can be made, the countries must reinstate the Ministerial Cooperation Council (MSR), which was abolished on October 10, 2010.  A working group was installed to work on this.

There is also a working group installed to examine ways for the three countries to expand their economic cooperation, particularly in areas such as aviation and maritime negotiations on trade and taxes and a more prominent place in the economic missions of the Netherlands. Yet another group will examine if the Kingdom Games can be organized again.

Finally, there were talks about the ease of travel requirements between the countries. There are still unnecessary obstacles, such as the customs form that must be completed on the aircraft and that must be kept for the return flight. The countries have agreed to identify the problems and to discuss them during the next Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (IPKO).

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