From left: NRPB Director Claret Connor; Police Chief Carl John; Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok and Steering Committee Member Marcel Gumbs.
PHILIPSBURG–Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok was updated by Steering Committee member Marcel Gumbs and National Recovery Programme Bureau (NRPB) Director Claret Connor on the progress of the various activities being implemented under the St. Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund, during a visit to St. Maarten on April 29.
Several projects, including home repairs, income support programmes, debris management and repairs to public buildings are being implemented through the Trust Fund, which is financed by the Dutch Government and managed by the World Bank.
“The NRPB is pleased to have had the opportunity to share with Minister Blok the progression of the recovery progress in St. Maarten,” Connor said in a press release. The Minister shared his concerns for the work that is being carried out and funded by the Trust Fund, particularly in regard to the home repair programme.
“It was an opportune time to inform the Minister on the agreements made at the recent Steering Committee meeting in Washington to accelerate this specific programme by using various implementation modalities.”
After the meeting, Blok visited the Philipsburg police station, where the first phase of ongoing works financed by the Trust Fund is nearing completion. At the station, the group was welcomed by Police Chief Carl John and his management team, who also gave a presentation on the damage to the station right after Hurricane Irma and reconstruction activities since then.
After this, Blok was shown some repair works that included installation of new and improved doors and windows, the installation of hurricane shutters and repairs to the roofs of both the Philipsburg and the Simpson Bay police stations.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/87260-dutch-minister-updated-on-progress-of-recovery