Wednesday 30 September, 2020

St Maarten: Recovery projects still underway post Irma

Two years later, projects under St Maarten’s national recovery and resilience plan continue to remain at various stages post Hurricane Irma. 

Prime Minister of St Maarten Silveria Jacobs was put on the spot about the island’s recovery plan during CDEMA’s Ministerial High- Level Discussion on safeguarding communities, livelihoods, and economies on the road to recovery. 

The discussion formed part of the 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management which ends today.  

The St Maarten Prime Minister said while the government has access to over US $500 million, assessments and procurement processes now coming in line, have stagnated project activities.  

PM Jacobs however assured that building programmes are about to be rolled out, highlighting the Princess Juliana International Airport, which she said is a major concern for the government.  

Only this week a motion was adopted in St Maarten’s House of Parliament to pave way for the financing of the reconstruction of the Airport.  

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