Joint responsibility

Joint responsibility

Caretaker Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Grisha Heyliger-Marten recently raised the possible introduction of a City Manager during her talks with the Indian Merchants Association (IMA). The goal is to create strategies aimed at attracting not just residents and cruise passengers but also stop- and stay-over visitors to Philipsburg.

No further explanation was given, but Wikipedia lists the function as an official appointed administrative manager of the city. This is usually done in a municipal council setting.

Perhaps a city inspector can also be considered. Both Aruba and Curaçao have experience with such. The bureau actively monitors developments and shortcomings in the city centre, taking swift action where needed by engaging both relevant government entities and other stakeholders including from the private sector.

For example, if air-conditioning units constantly drip into alleys creating a messy situation, government needs to offer reasonable nearby drainage options. However, the business owners and/or landlords in question should then run pipes to get the water there.

One of the first things people ask when hearing about such ideas is who will pay for it. After all, at least one administrative assistant and an office would be required.

The minister stated in Tuesday’s newspaper that she is working on revitalising the capital together with Royal Caribbean International (RCI), which has expressed a willingness to assist. Perhaps this is an area where such financial support can be used.

Ultimately, enhancing Philipsburg and promoting more activity there is a joint responsibility of all parties involved, whether directly or indirectly.

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