St. Maarten Prime Minister requests extension on SEI projects

POSTED: 08/7/11 8:31 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has requested an extension until year’s end where it relates to committing funds to the final five projects in the Socio Economic Initiative (SEI). The program is a co-financing arrangement between the Government of St. Maarten and the Dutch government for several programs.

The delays requested cover the project to strengthen the Ministry of Public Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Vromi), the project on International Financial Services, the project for Aguaponics, the project on tax filing and the project for revising housing legislation.

“Over the past eight months approximately, the government administration has eliminated most of the delays that we had with the SEI projects, as this was a matter of great concern in accessing SEI funding. We only needed some more time to commit funds for the five projects and we have officially requested to be able to do so until December 31, rather than the deadline, which was June 30,” Wescot-Williams said.

Integrity program

The prime minister also announced recently that the Integrity Project, which falls under the SEI initiative, is well on stream. At the moment the project is still in the research phase. The research is aimed at crafting a plan that covers how the civil service feels about integrity. Letters have been sent to all civil servants asking them to cooperate. Government is also still working out the communication trajectory, the training that needs to be done and the establishment of the Integrity Bureau.

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