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The starting point regarding the publication of advice of the Social and Economic Council is transparency to promote the public debate on the issue at hand. Article 80 of the Constitution of Sint Maarten dealing with the publication of advice of the Social and Economic Council is based on this principle. Transparency and publication are vital characteristics for good governance.  
 
National Ordinance on open government.pdf article two further emphasizes on transparency. According to article ten of this ordinance the advice of the Social Economic Council is made public by the Minister of General Affairs of Sint Maarten. If an advice concerns a draft national ordinance, the advice shall be made public together with the draft ordinance when submitted to parliament. All other advice on draft law, for example a draft decree, shall be made public together with the decree in the official government publication. All other advice will be made public within six weeks after the advice has been issued.  
 
All advice will be posted on this page after they have been made public.  
 
If you are interested to receive a copy of an advice of the Social Economic Council please send us an email on the ‘contact us’ page.

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Letter of Advice better waste management for Sint Maarten31 March, 2017
This letter of advice entitled “Better Waste Management for Sint Maarten” is an unsolicited advice for the Prime-Minister and Minister of General Affairs, W. Marlin, Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure, C. Emmanuel, the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor E. Lee and the Acting Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication, R. Boasman.


Advice Development Bank Sint Maarten20 January, 2017
This advice is a solicited advice at the request of the Parliament of Sint Maarten. The President of Parliament, the honorable Mrs. Sarah Wescot-Williams, sent the advice request of former member of parliament of the National Alliance, Mr. Christophe Emmanuel, to the SER. The SER received the request on the 22nd of January, 2016. Mr. Emmanuel gave an elaboration on the advice request to the Social Economic Council (SER) on February 25th, 2016. The SER approved the advice request on March 15th, 2016.
Letter of advice registration of transactions at the ports of entry and indirect taxation26 May, 2016
This advice entitled "Registration transactions port and taxation" is an unsolicited advice for the Honorable Prime-Minister, W. Marlin, the Minister of Finance Mr. R. Gibson, the Minister of Justice Mr. E. G. Kirindongo, the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication Mrs. I. Arrindell. Given its institutional role, the SER initiated a review of indirect taxation because this would be of value to the social economic development of Sint Maarten.
Letter of Advice amendments to National Ordinance Civil Service Pensions15 April, 2016
In reply to your advice request which was received by our Council on February 15th, 2016 concerning the changes to the “National Ordinance concerning Civil Service Pensions” in Dutch: (Pensioenlandsverordening Overheidsdienaren) The SER informs you as follows:

Letter of Advice ZV OV 201604 March, 2016
On January 5th, 2016 the Social Economic Council (SER) received a request to advise on the “ Landsbesluit, houdende algemene maatregelen, van de tot aanpassing van de dagloongrenzen voor 2016, genoemd in de Landsverordening ongevallenverzekering en de Landsverordening ziekteverzekering in verband met de ontwikkeling van de prijsindexcijfers van de gezinsconsumptie” (in short: national decree, containing general measures regarding the price indexation OV and ZV 2016).
Letter of advice AVBZ-care - elderly care19 February, 2016
In reply to a request of your predecessor, the Ad Interim Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Mrs. Rita Bourne-Gumbs, an advice request was received by the Social Economic Council on October 9th, 2015, concerning the draft national decree, containing general measures, regarding the expansion of AVBZ care- elderly care (in Dutch: “Concept Landsbesluit uitbreiding AVBZ- zorg ouderenzorg”)The SER informs you as follows:
Amended Letter of Advice Indexation ZV OV 201519 February, 2016
In reply to your request for advice, which was received by the Social Economic Council on  April 9th, 2015 concerning the draft national decree, containing general measures, regarding the price indexation National Ordinance Accident Insurance (“Ongevallen verzekering” [OV]) and National Health Insurance Ordinance (“Ziekteverzekering” [ZV])2015. The SER informs you as follows:
Letter of advice Turnover tax border control17 August, 2015
This advice entitled ' Turn over Tax and border control' is an unsolicited advice for the honorable Prime Minister Mr. Marcel Gumbs, the minister of Finance, the honorable Mr. Martinus J. Hassink, the Minister of Justice, the honorable Mr. Dennis Richardson, and the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunication the honorable Mr. Claret Connor
In this advice the Social Economic Council (hereafter SER) advises government not to raise Turn over Tax and to continue or even accelerate the implementation of the automated system for customs data ASYCUDA.
Advice Boost Sint Maarten22 July, 2015
This advice entitled ‘Boost Sint Maarten!’ is an unsolicited advice for the honorable Prime Minister, Marcel Gumbs and acting Minister of Health, Labor and Social Development/Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Mrs. Rita Bourne-Gumbs. The Social Economic Council advises to start a conditional cash transfer program to reduce poverty.
Letter of Advice concerning the remittance of taxes28 October, 2014
In reply to your request for advice, dated June 10th 2014, concerning the remittance of taxes (in Dutch:” Ontwerp Landsverordening Kwijtschelden belastingschulden”) the Social Economic Council (SER) informs you as follows:
Letter of Advice on proposed amendements to the civil code in respect of the National Ordinance on Labor Contracts19 September, 2014
In reply to your request for advice which was received by the Social Economic Council (SER) on Thursday, May 29th 2014, concerning the proposed amendments to the Civil Code in respect of the National Ordinance on Labor Contracts (in Dutch:” Ontwerp Landsverordening Arbeidsovereenkomst”) the SER informs you as follows
Advice A mandatory pension for Sint Maarten with Keesen report19 September, 2014
This advice entitled ‘A mandatory pension for Sint Maarten’ is an unsolicited advice for the honorable Prime Minister Mrs. Sarah Wescot-Williams, the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, the honorable Mr. V.H. Cornelius de Weever and the minister of Finance, the honorable Mr. Martinus J. Hassink.
In this advice the Social Economic Council (hereafter SER) examines the feasibility of an introduction of a mandatory second tier pension in Sint Maarten.
Advice Flexicurity for Sint Maarten31 January, 2014
On September 17, 2012 the SER advice on the “Draft ordinance on temporary labor contracts” was presented to parliament. When drafting this advice, the SER realized that the issue of temporary contracts is closely intertwined with other labor market- related issues like dismissal regulations and questions of unemployment.
Letter of Advice Article 10 Counterpart24 January, 2014
In reply to your request for advice which was received by our Council on July 17th, 2013, concerning the implementation of Article 10- Counterpart of the Executive Order on Foreign Labor (in Dutch: “Uitvoeringsbesluit arbeid vreemdelingen”) the Social Economic Council informs you as follows:
Letter of advice on monetary union in view of recent alarming balance of payments26 November, 2013
The SER based this unsolicited advice on the risks caused by the divergence of the Sint Maarten and the Curaçao economies, and the real possibility of a subsequent devaluation of the Netherlands Antilles guilder.
Letter of advice on the draft ordinance to increase the AOV amount and age09 July, 2013
This advice is a solicited advice at the request of the government of Sint Maarten. The request originates with the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Mr. V.H.C. de Weever and reached the SER through the cabinet of the Prime Minister Mrs. S.Wescot -Williams
Letter of advice on 'the draft initiative for the amendment of the Ordinance on Guest Accommodation Tax Sint Maarten'05 April, 2013
This advice is a solicited advice at the request of the parliament of Sint Maarten. The request originates with the United People's Party faction and reached the SER through the then chairman of parliament, drs. R. E. Samuel.
Advice SXM stepping out of the monetary union28 February, 2013
The Social Economic Council of Sint Maarten studied the consequences of stepping out of the monetary union: opting for our own new legal tender and the benefits and costs of dollarizing the economy of Sint Maarten. The outcome of the study, reflected in this report, offers recommendations for policy makers of Sint Maarten. The SER drafted this report at its own initiative. The opinions expressed herein are held by the majority of its members.
AOV Advice16 January, 2013
The advice focuses on the future of the AOV system, and contains a number of specific recommendations to ensure the sustainable future of the general pension scheme. Furthermore, it touches upon some related topics that complement the general AOV system and aims to ensure a solid old age provision for the population of Sint Maarten.
Letter of Advice with regard to the indexation of the minimum wages as of January 1st 201328 December, 2012
The SER advises the amendment of the minimum wage ordinance in order to reflect governments intention to let indexation take place on a yearly basis. The SER fully supports this proposal.
Letter of advice LV concerning changes to the Motor vehicle Tax26 November, 2012
The SER advises government to focus on efforts to update and interlink government databases in such a way that the taxpayers' data to be entered into the motor vehicle registration system is ensured to be valid, and will be kept up to date continuously.
National Library Letter Advice28 October, 2012
The SER is of the opinion that the establishment of a National Library is of crucial importance for the further development of the country and its people. The Philipsburg Jubilee Library which at the moment mainly functions as a public library should develop into the National Library of Sint Maarten.
Draft Ordinance Short Term Labor Contracts Advice17 September, 2012
This advice is a solicited advice at the request of the parliament of Sint Maarten. The request originates with the National Alliance faction and reached the SER through the then chairlady of parliament, drs. G.R. Arrindell.
Advice Crime Prevention17 September, 2012
The Social Economic Council (SER) chooses to advise on the social and economic costs of crime because if these costs are not addressed they will be significantly more severe in the future. This policy topic was deemed eligible for unsolicited advice by the Social Economic Council because the social and economic costs of crime undermine the quality of life and put a strain on the costs of doing business and the investment climate.
Emancipation Day Advice19 December, 2011
On behalf of the Government of the Country Sint Maarten, the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs Dr. R. Arrindell, hereafter Minister of OCJS, took the initiative to make up a draft national ordinance to amend some national ordinances in connection with the introduction of Emancipation/Liberation Day as a holiday on Sint Maarten.
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The Social Economic Council is an independent advisory organization of the country of Sint Maarten. The board consists of three representatives from employers' organizations, three representatives from employees' organizations, and three independent experts.