The re-launch of an online electrical inspection application platform by the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Development, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI (see related story) was interesting. Governments should generally focus on facilitating rather than doing business and this is a good example how.
St. Maarten has seen a construction boom since Hurricane Irma that to some extent continues today. Making certain procedures for the completion of projects smoother and faster may enhance cost-efficiency.
The related release issued on Tuesday offered no explanation why this concerns a “re-launch” in the sense of what happened before, but mentioned a “streamlined and user-friendly experience.” It also said online invoice access and payments had been simplified.
About 40 electricians apparently showed up, although there are probably many more active in the country. The condition of being “certified” might have something to do with that.
Those who are not but still function as such in practice should be stimulated to try to join related courses at National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) or elsewhere. They not only need a diploma to be taken seriously in the building industry and receive bigger assignments, but could actually pose a threat by performing this technical task without the necessary papers, never mind potential legal implications.
The National Employment Service Center (NESC) can also play a positive role in that regard. Its recent Job Fair and Entrepreneurship Expo together with the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA reported more than 600 participants.
Even those seeking employment who lack the required qualifications ought to be encouraged and where possible assisted to get these. It might take a little time but is probably a worthwhile investment in themselves, because there seems to be plenty of work to go around.