On Friday, December 6, 2019, the Council of Ministers (COM) met with a delegation from the Social and Health Insurances (SZV) to receive both a general and financial update from the organization.
The delegation included the Director of the SZV, Glen Carty, along with the unit managers responsible for the finance, operations & customer care and communications.
Prior to the meeting with the Council of Ministers, a lengthy discussion took place with the Minister of Public Health, Labor and Social Affairs, Pamela Gordon-Carty, and SZV, in particular to discuss the financial situation of SZV.
“SZV is implementing internal changes and taking the initiative to improve on certain weaknesses, which can have long-term benefits”, said Minister Gordon-Carty.
“While there are other areas that need improvement, SZV is already taking the step to at least work towards proving better service for Country Sint Maarten in many different aspects. There are still other aspects to look into, but these will be dealt with as we go along considering that this is the initial phase,” Minister Gordon-Carty added.
The Council of Ministers was informed of the general and financial challenges faced by the SZV, along with the current and proposed solutions to these challenges.
Included in the presentation were various improvements to the digital software to improve efficiency and customer service.
The Council of Ministers acknowledged and committed to tackling the challenges during this interim period where possible.
Further joint in-depth discussions will continue with the Minister of Finance, Ardwell Irion and the Minister Public Health, Labor and Social Affairs, Pamela Gordon-Carty on related matters pertaining to these two ministries.
PHOTO CUTLINE: Members of the Council of Ministers along with representatives of SZV.