PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – On Thursday March 19th, 2015 the first Tri-Partite deliberations were held at the Ministry of Justice on the A.Th Illidge Road. In attendance were the Ministers of Justice of Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten, respectively the Honourable Minister Arthur Dowers, the Honourable minister mr Nelson Navarro, and the host of this meeting the Honourable Minister Dennis L. Richardson.
The purpose of this deliberation was mainly to focus on justice related issues all three Kingdom partners are being confronted with in terms of Immigration, Cooperation in the area of combatting international organized crime, and other pertinent matters. The Ministers were joined by their respective Secretary Generals.
An interactive presentation was given to the Ministers of Justice of Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten, about the Justice Information System (JIS) which is currently in the process of development on Sint Maarten.
The JIS is being developed to interactively link in the first place the entire Justice chain which will aid in the exchange of information between departments and other law enforcement entities as well as support policy development at the Ministry of Justice.
A bidding process was carried out based on a well-defined project proposal entailing the wants and needs identified by the Ministry of Justice and there supporting entities. The well renowned firm KPMG was awarded the contract to design and execute this project.
An interactive demo of the use of this system was given on Wednesday March 18th , with the Court of Guardianship as the entity utilizing the system. A presentation on its use and the need for such was given to those in attendance by the Director of the Court of Guardianship, Richelda Emanuel.
The Tri-Partite deliberations will continue to take place on a quarterly basis as all parties have indicated the need, willingness and necessity.
PHOTO CUTLINE: L to R, Minister Hon. Arthur Dowers, Minister Hon. Dennis Richardson and Minister Nelson Navarro.