Published On: Tue, Nov 12th, 2019

Public Discourse on the National Recovery and Resilience Plan

Sarah Wescot-Williams - Recovery - Repair

Philipsburg St. Maarten, November 12, 2019 – The administration of the Trust Fund by the World Bank continues to generate much discussion and tension. And while the recent report by the Ombudsman, titled “Home Repair – A Revelation of a Social Crisis” zooms in on deeper social issues than solely housing, that report as well highlights the dire circumstances of several persons in need of urgent help with their homes.

It could be coincidence that not too long after this report by the Ombudsman was presented, the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) organized a meeting for applicants in the home repair program.

What matters most to me is whether these applicants have received any definite word as to their status.

Are they all eligible?

When will they get help?

What percentage can not be assisted?

While in my opinion, this project is one of the most important social projects of the Trust Fund, there are other questions regarding Trust Fund projects and programs.

On October 24th, I, therefore, requested a meeting of the Committee of General Affairs of Parliament to receive this update from the NRBP and the respective Ministers.

Another topic of concern is the funds available to St. Maarten in the context of the European Development Programs. There seem to be some serious bottlenecks and it is not clear if the deadlines for these projects will be met.