Office of the Kingdom Representative
What does the Kingdom Representative do?
The Kingdom Representative has a variety of tasks in the Dutch Caribbean. He is the ‘eyes and ears’ for the various Ministers in the Netherlands and he keeps the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) informed.
The Kingdom Representative also promotes the cooperation between the public officials of the National Government on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, as well as the cooperation with the island governments. In turn those administrations can catch up with the Kingdom Representative on issues they consider important for the islands.
The Kingdom Representative also monitors the decisions of the islands, for example staff appointments and the financial compensations of the groups in the Island Council.
For the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, he monitors if the public entities do not take decisions that are in conflict with the law or the public interest. He also makes sure that the Lieutenant Governor is appointed in accordance with the rules and takes action when the island government is not doing its job properly. All in all, the Kingdom Representative must help promote good governance.
Another important role the Kingdom Representative has, has to do with safety. The Lieutenant Governor may call upon him as an intermediary in case of a fire, a disaster or a crisis and request military assistance. The police or the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary may also request him for this. In case of a disaster, crisis or calamity that affects more than one island, the Kingdom Representative may give the Lieutenant Governors instructions. He may also intervene in case of a state of emergency. Furthermore, the Kingdom Representative ensures that the disaster and crisis plans of the public entities are in order.
The Kingdom Representative works on Bonaire as well as on St. Eustatius and Saba. He does so in part from his office on Bonaire, but he is also regularly on Saba and Statia.
During his work visits he speaks with administrators, public officials, entrepreneurs and politicians and people who are socially active. During his visits he tries as much as possible to be on location and as little as possible to be at the office. When the Kingdom Representative is not on Statia or Saba, he has regular contact by telephone, by e-mail and via videoconferencing.
On all three islands there is policy staff working for the Kingdom Representative. Under management of the Kingdom Representative, they support the Kingdom Representative in his work. The communication advisors of RCN Central that are also represented on all three islands advise the Kingdom Representative (as well as the various departments and agencies) on communication. They also have an antenna function.
Wilbert Stolte was appointed Representative of the Dutch Central Government in May 2011. He is appointed for a period of six years. In the absence of the Representative of the Dutch Central Government the acting Representative of the Dutch Central Government will take office. This is Mr. Julian Woodley. Mr. Woodley was appointed in December 2011 also for a period of six years.
Office of the Kingdom Representative
Kaya Internashonal z/n, Kralendijk, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Kaya Internashonal z/n, P.O. Box 357, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
tel: (+599) 715 8303
Fort Oranjestraat z/n Mazinga Complex, Oranjestad, Sint Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean
P.O. Box 26, Oranjestad, Sint Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean
tel: (+599) 318 3370
Captain Mathew Levenstone Street, Old Antique Inn, The Bottom, Saba, Dutch Caribbean
tel. (+599) 416 3934