PM at speech competition: “Cultural diversity is essential to our country”

POSTED: 10/29/12 12:58 PM

St. Maarten – “Cultural diversity is essential to our country, but this can only occur under the recognition of St. Maarten’s culture,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said at the opening of the high school JCI speech competition.
The PM made her comments to stay with the speech competition’s theme of Cultural Diversity. Eight students representing various schools had to center their debate on this topic.
“It is remarkable that for the last couple of years a common thread in most of my remarks reads “our greatest asset as a country is our diversity; if we are able to harness this well. If this can be done then there will be no other country as unique and strong as ours,” Wescot-Williams said. “However, this needs to be a conscious effort and we need to recognize diversity; we need to ask of each and everyone about what they can bring to St. Maarten and make a collective effort to build up our country. That was part of the declaration when we strived to become a country. Now we are balancing all those resources into developing a country we can all be proud of. Although it is considered a cliché, I very much look forward to your speeches, because you are the future of St. Maarten,” Wescot-Williams told the participants.

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