Prime Minister and De Weever received updated development plan

POSTED: 11/29/12 3:05 PM

St. Maarten –Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and Minister of Health Cornelius De Weever received an update on the progress of the Integrated Neighborhood Development Plan (INDP) on Monday. A mid-term evaluation of the project in general was also conducted.

According to the press release, previous studies as part of the INDP included information on the general population description in the districts, such as the population makeup in terms of birthplace in districts, the gender and age bracket of citizens living in districts based on extensive interviews which were carried out to gain information and formed the basis of the report, the religious makeup of those living in the various districts, the education level, the differences between the neighborhoods based on income level, the unemployment level in the different areas, access to medical insurance, housing, the availability of services and parenting.

The prime minister has previously discussed the different approaches her government will take regarding how to handle some of the social issues the INDP hopes to address. Previous discussions were also held on how foundations that are established for social ills such as community centers should become financially self-sustainable and the possible funding opportunities that may become available through the newly established St. Maarten Development Fund, the official signing of its establishment the prime minister oversaw on June 7 of this year. Information campaigns on the INDP will be conducted in the several areas in the future.

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