Representative of the Dutch Government on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba Wilbert Stolte visited Saba Tuesday and held audiences by appointment with several interested residents. He also visited with a number of local organisations.
The visit, which is becoming a routine fixture connecting local governance with the national government, is said to be part of a concerted effort to have the voices of local stakeholders heard and their challenges understood. It was explained that the impact of such meetings was reflected in reports issued by the office of the Representative of the Dutch Central Government that facilitate deeper understanding of the local challenges.
In addition to the traditional political and administrative consultations held by Stolte and his team with the local administration, he allocated time to tour the various key organisations on the island tasked with addressing multiple community needs. One such visit was with the board members and programme coordinator of the AIDS Support Group Saba Foundation, who briefed him on the history, expertise and ongoing programmes of the organisation which has served Saba for over 22 years. The meeting was followed by a visit at 14:00 to the Organoponics garden on The Level, where the team met with board members and the implementing team of the Foundation Social Workplace Saba (FSWSaba). Together with FSWSaba a visit followed to the Agricultural Centre and to farmers in Hell’s Gate because of the new agricultural project SABAGRO until 15:30. The day tour was followed by private, 15-minute meetings held with several Sabans at the Kingdom Service Caribbean Netherlands RCN Office from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. The last visit at 6:30pm to 7:30 pm was at the Adult Continuing Education Center in The Bottom of the Foundation Social Workplace.