Minister Plenipotentiary Fleming-Artsen says FRED Expo 2015 Impressive and a Success


PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Minister Plenipotentiary, Hon. Josianne Fleming–Artsen accompanied Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Hon. Rita Bourne-Gumbs, to the Flinx Recruitment Expo Dutch Caribbean (FRED) website ( that took place from June 4-7 in Rotterdam at the Beurs World Trade Center.

The fourth FRED Expo brought together professionals, graduates, and pre-graduates and more than 30 companies including some from Sint Maarten.

Flinx Recruitment has been acting as a bridge between Dutch Caribbean professionals and local employers.

“I was impressed with the professional organization of the Expo. It was impressive to see Sint Maarten companies and institutions present seeking out our young professionals.

“We need our young professionals more than ever now to come back home to help build Country Sint Maarten.  Our country has experienced ‘brain drain’ over the years, however, there is so much to be done, and we need ‘brain-growth’ where our young professionals return to help the country grow,” Minister Plenipotentiary Hon. Josianne Fleming-Artsen said on Friday.

Minister Bourne-Gumbs who was in the Netherlands on a working visit took the opportunity to attend the Expo.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Minister Hon. Josianne Fleming–Artsen (2nd from left) and Minister Hon. Rita Bourne-Gumbs (2nd from right) standing with two Expo attendees.  Nico van der Ven Photo