PM: Lots of work ahead for coalition

POSTED: 01/10/13 12:50 PM

St. Maarten – Following next week unveiling of the governing program for the next 1.5 years, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot- Williams says that there will be a lot of work for the coalition but all of the administration’s plans will not be the accomplished without the collaboration without the entire community.

Yesterday she described 2013 as an exciting and hopeful year and indicated that the official launch of the highly anticipated governing program will be a precursor of the National Development Plan (NDP) which will follow soon after.

“I view this exercise as a sort of precursor to getting on the go all that needs to take place in terms of all of the dialogue in coming to the NDP, the Prime Minister said of the governing program’s launch.

In May 2012, the government signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to develop the three year NDP. The program is called Building A Nation: St. Maarten National Development Plan and Institutional Strengthening.

“This program aims to support the nation building process. We are going to be doing this by formulating a national vision and a national development plan through a broad based participatory dialogue process,” the prime minister said.

The NDP is expected to strengthen governmental and non-governmental institutions and will require various members of the community to become involved for a smooth execution of the process.

“While the goal is to get all noses pointed in the same direction as far as our future development is concerned, that too is a work in progress that you will tweak as you go along,” she stated.

The government also wants to establish a Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Acceleration Framework document. It will see the implementation of two pilot projects under MDG 1; the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and MDG 7;   ensuring environmental sustainability.

Capacity building in result based and evidence based management and active participation to achieve the MDGs are just two of many highlights of the NDP.

However before the governing program and the NDP are unveiled, the government will meet the Dutch First Chamber on Friday. Minister of Interior and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk on will meet with the administration on January 22 and the board for financial supervision (CFT) on January 24. Both the minister and the CFT are still involved in the supervision of the government’s handling of St. Maarten.

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