POND ISLAND–Former Member of Parliament Claret Connor is the director of the country’s National Recovery Programme Bureau (NRPB). His appointment follows a recent decision by the Council of Ministers. The bureau will be responsible for the National Recovery and Resilience Plan execution.
Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin told the press on Wednesday that with Connor’s appointment, the country is “one step closer to building the much-required capacity to execute the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.”
Connor brings “a wealth of knowledge and experience that will definitely add to the successful execution of the projects financed by the World Bank Trust Fund,” she said.
The bureau, once staffed, will assume tasks currently executed by the Interim Recovery Committee and will be responsible for the day-to-day preparation, coordination, execution and evaluation of the projects financed via the Dutch government-financed World Bank-administrated St. Maarten Recovery Trust Fund. The next step is the staffing of the bureau with a team to allow it to adequately perform tasks and execute responsibilities.
The bureau will play a central role in project management while working closely with ministries and third parties on design of the projects.
Connor received a briefing on the recovery process to date during a courtesy visit to the prime minister’s office. Commenting afterward, he said he looks forward to receiving in-depth updates from the Interim Recovery Committee and others and to “establishing ways forward as we continue to build back our beloved St. Maarten.”
He added, “I can understand the anxieties that exist in dealing with the overwhelming circumstances post the biggest disaster in our modern history, but with our steadfast, focused and determined posture, we will work tirelessly to rebuild St. Maarten.”
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/84364-claret-connor-appointed-recovery-bureau-head