Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication

The objective of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication (TEATT) is to represent the internal affairs of the country in the fields of tourism, economic affairs, traffic, telecommunications and statistics.

Vision: "To play a central role in producing policies geared at developing the economy and sustainable economic development"

Mission: "Our aim is be primary institute for deliveringpolicy for the stimulation and facilitating of a sustainable economic development of Sint Maarten and to provide it in a swift and professional manner to be analutical, objective, and thorough and provide reliable information."

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New: Presentation Parliament Year Plan 2017 of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication

Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication
Mellissa M.A. Arrindell-Doncher E-mail cabinet +1721 5202702
"Strategic action and synchronized vision to enhance a nation in achieving sustainable economic growth"

Promote integrity and transparency

Initiative Project
Strengthen provisions and access to information by the public
  • Maintain weekly press briefings
Review and strengthen relations with government owned companies, foundations and ZBO's
  • Promote and monitor improvement of operations efficiency and transparency
  • Strengthen the functioning of Bureau Telecommunication and Post by reviewing and following up on the recommendations of the Audit Chamber
  • Review the legislative framework that governs the Corporate Governance Council and Corporate Governance Code
  • Review the articles of incorporation

Provide responsive public services

Initiative Project
Improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Reduce bureaucracy and publish standardized procedures
  • Ensure inter-ministerial collaboration, tripartite processes, and consultations with key stakeholders and the public

Respect cultural and art resources

Initiative Project
Foster understanding, pride, appreciation and respect for our natural and cultural heritage
  • Implement strategies and policies towards using tourism as an additional means to protect natural and cultural heritage
Promote patriotism and national pride
  • Facilitate the carrying?out of economic valuation studies of natural heritage
Preserve monuments
  • Finalize the cultural and historical tour / cultural track

Upgrade government operations

Initiative Project
Strengthen strategic planning and develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  • Ensure that each ministry creates plans as extrapolated from the multi-annual budget in conformity with a standard format
  • Ensure each ministry has a research agenda and monitoring and evaluation framework attached

Nurture inclusion

Initiative Project
Develop closer ties with Saint Martin
  • Resume and pursue new bilateral projects
Ensure the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Focus on the remaining targets and objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Review and execute the recommendations made by relevant government commissioned work groups

Improve tax office, fiscal policy and compliance

Initiative Project
Improve compliance
  • Further collaborate among the existing control units to pool resources

Secure a balanced budget and responsible spending

Initiative Project
Implement income generating measures
  • Establish a Motor Vehicle Agency
  • Implement drivers' permit fee for tourists
  • Introduce a national lottery for Sint Maarten
Introduce, review and enforce the collection of fees and debts
  • Enforce collection and review the casino fees
  • Assess and increase all monetary sanctions
  • Implement departure fee
Ensure effective and efficient use of the education budget
  • Regulate school bussing and strengthen the collaboration between Education and Transportation departments

Implement ordinances and policies to address safety

Initiative Project
Address legislation and policy to strengthen safety and security
  • Implement a policy and standards to regulate security companies
  • Enact Pawn Shop legislation

Improve the efficiency, effectiveness and quality in the justice chain

Initiative Project
Increase resources within the law enforcement
  • Finalize the implementation of fully automated border control systems (kiosk, e-gates)
Tackle illegal immigration and human smuggling and trafficking
  • Address and finalize the adult entertainment legislation and policy

Regulate socio-economic and environmental sustainability

Initiative Project
Implement legislation and policies in Economic Affairs
  • Finalize the implementation of the timeshare legislation
  • Stimulate and regulate E-Zone
  • Regulate and enforce the financial and banking regulations
  • Finalize Competition Authority Legislation and Consumer Protection Law
  • Enforce laws and manage the registration, monitor and control of Intellectual Properties, copyrights, patents, etc.
  • Regulate agriculture and fisheries and animal husbandry legislation
  • Regulate animal welfare and management
Implement and enforce necessary legislation and policies in Environment
  • Draft implement and enforce legislation setting criteria for the import, sale, re-collection and export of products that impact the environment
Implement and enforce necessary legislation and policies in Transportation
  • Assess public transportation tariff

Stimulate economic growth and development

Initiative Project
Facilitate business development
  • Create a healthy investment climate for investors
  • Provide up to date economic data and efficient business access
  • Stimulate the use of innovation and ICT in business
  • Simplify procedures of doing business
  • Stimulate and facilitate ?green businesses?
  • Optimize cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce
  • Realize service offerings via data center
Intensify economic development
  • Update the economic master development plan
  • Establish Consumer Protection Bureau
  • Forge more cohesive relationships with industry officials in the different sectors
  • Facilitate and stimulate the growth of the marine industry
  • Establish an Investor's Economic Residency Program
  • Actively identify and recruit Foreign Direct Investment
Support and promote local entrepreneurship and small and medium sized enterprises (SME) sector
  • Encourage the establishment of new industries by reviewing the possibilities to provide a 5-year tax break to new established companies
  • Stimulate the growth of small and medium sized businesses by offering incentives and government assistance
  • Review and revitalize the Small Business Development Foundation
  • Establish a SME financial and technical support program
  • Encourage small business development in the districts
Stimulate agricultural initiatives
  • Draft policies to assist with locally grown produce and the marketing and distribution thereof
  • Support development of small agricultural stations
  • Promote the growth of aqua and hydroponics plants
  • Provide opportunities to the youth to learn, experience and actively participate in the agriculture sector
  • Expand the Home Gardening program for a healthy and affordable lifestyle
  • Raise awareness of possibilities and benefits of agriculture
Restructure the organizational structure of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication
  • Realize organizational changes within the ministry to support tourism niche markets diversification, such as sports-tourism, medical-tourism and edu-tourism
  • Review the organizational structure to include agriculture, fisheries and animal husbandry
  • Foster a more client-centric-culture
  • Establish a business helpdesk within Economic Affairs

Fortify and diversify the tourism sector

Initiative Project
Strengthen the maritime and aviation hub position of Sint Maarten
  • Review and revise Airport City Development Plan
  • Strive to meet the Federal Aviation Authority ISAA Category 1 requirements
  • Enhance the airport as number 1 hub in aviation of the Caribbean
  • Formalize USA pre-clearance
  • Introduce a closed Civil Aviation Registry
  • Introduce a closed Maritime Registry focused on the promotion of regulation
  • Promote the establishment of an aviation school
Strengthen the tourism product
  • Carry out Great Bay Master Plan Phase II
  • Increase stay over tourism by becoming a home port for cruise lines
  • Ensure the proper implementation of a Tourism Statistical Information System
  • Identify and promote niche markets e.g. cultural- & eco-tourism, medical tourism, voluntourism and entertainment tourism
  • Target new markets in growing economies such as Latin America and Asia
  • Strengthen our efforts in existing markets to attract more visitors from the Caribbean, North America and Europe
Promote sports tourism
  • Realize a swimming pool that meets the Olympic criteria
  • Realize a cricket stadium
  • Realize a football stadium
  • Attract major amateur and professional sports & recreation tournaments, games and championships
Develop edu-tourism
  • Explore partnering with USM and the University of the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Assist with building dormitories
  • Establish a marketing plan to promote edu-tourism

Invest in human capital

Initiative Project
Ensure that education is in tune with the employment and sustainable needs of our society
  • Establish a comprehensive training and employment support strategy
  • Conduct ongoing assessments of the labor market and training needs in collaboration with Education and Economic departments
Facilitate and stimulate the creation of a skilled labor force
  • Draft an industry standard certification policy in collaboration with stakeholders for all service industry

Enhance infrastructure management

Initiative Project
Improve quality of telecommunication
  • Upgrade Internet connectivity on the island
  • Enhance services to the consumer
  • Stimulate mobile network evolution to the latest technology
  • Regulate the cost of connectivity
  • Facilitate high speed Internet for medical institutions and schools
Realize parking facilities
  • Establish a taxi dispatch area in Philipsburg
  • Realize two paid parking facilities in Philipsburg

Preservation of natural resources

Initiative Project
Protect and preserve our waters
  • Stimulate cleanup and revitalize the wetland areas
  • Monitor the Simpson Bay Lagoon, the Salt Pond and other inland waters to ensure that these bodies of water are healthy
  • Seek cooperation with the Coast guard to enforce proper control of our bodies of water to avoid further pollution
  • Assess the mangrove population
Identify a site for the Creation of a Man and the Biosphere Reserve (MAB)

Streamline transportation systems

Initiative Project
Improve mobility
  • Realization of a bus terminal
  • Promote public-private partnership for the improvement of bus service to the general public
  • Assess innovative ways to diversify the transportation system
  • Address gypsy services

Enact legislation and policies to improve quality of life

Initiative Project
Regulate, manage and ensure the well-being of the island's animal population and animal husbandry
  • Establish control mechanism to regulate livestock food safety
  • Evaluate laws addressing animal abuse
  • Implement micro chipping laws to improve dog welfare
  • Facilitate the realization of an animal shelter
  • Cooperate with relevant stakeholders responsible for animal welfare and management
  • Regulate breeding of animals
  • Seek ways to reduce the over population of all invasive species

Strengthen youth opportunities

Initiative Project
Enhance youth involvement and development
  • Promote Youth Entrepreneurship, Volunteerism and Ambassadorship programs
Tackle & decrease youth unemployment
  • Execute Youth Employment Programs such as establishing the Youth Employment Fund Project

Care for the elderly and vulnerable

Initiative Project
Alleviate poverty
  • Facilitate reduced tariffs for phone and Internet for those in need
  • Expand the products included in the Basket of Goods including healthy food items

Ensure livable neighborhoods

Initiative Project
Further develop our neighborhoods
  • Continue the district cleanliness and beautification project