ambassadors of the Kingdom Youth Parliament


THE HAGUE--The five ambassadors of the Kingdom Youth Parliament, which will be held in St. Maarten in May 2014, presented themselves to the media in The Hague on Tuesday. Trumane Trotman, a 21-year-old freshman, studying advertisement, marketing & communication at Providence Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, is St. Maarten’s ambassador. Together with Kennedy Ogenio of Curaçao, Marifer Aguirre-Broca of Aruba, Carl Fielmich of Bonaire, who also represents St. Eustatius and Saba, and Aster van Tilburg of The Netherlands, Trotman will select and appoint the other 45 youth Parliamentarians between the ages of 15 and 25 for their respective teams in the coming year. The five ambassadors and their ten-member team will be debating in St. Maarten for three days in May 2014 on common, every day issues that affect the islands in a Kingdom setting, such as education, health care, crime and movement of persons and goods. According to coordinator and Secretary of the Committee Kingdom Relations Ron van der Veer, the idea is not to discuss formal issues such as the Charter or constitutional issues, but to stick to issues that are of common interest and that more relate to the people in the Kingdom.