SABA/THE HAGUE—Commissioner Bruce Zagers had positive meetings with several Members of the First and Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A delegation from Saba is currently in The Hague for meetings with the various ministries and other stakeholders.
Commissioner Zagers handed the Members of the First and Second Chamber an outline of the issues that are important for Saba: an integrated approach for poverty alleviation, a re-division of tasks with more autonomy for Saba, the wish for structural funding instead of incidental funding, and the functioning of the National Government Department RCN. Zagers said after the meetings that there was much comprehension for the Saba cause.
The Commissioner explained to the Members of the Dutch Parliament (MPs) that the Public Entity Saba would like to see an integrated approach to alleviate poverty, with not only the establishing of a social minimum with increases in the minimum wage and social benefits, but also with measures to reduce the cost of living and the cost of doing business. These measures should include: affordable electricity, affordable telecommunications and better, more affordable connections to Saba.