Matser believes in economic development for St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG–Chairman of Parliament’s Committee of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication (TEATT) independent Member of Parliament (MP) Silvio Matser says he has been working in collaboration with the TEATT Minister Iris Arrindell on a number of development projects.

page4c106In an invited comment, Matser announced several projects presently in the works by the ministry. The St. Maarten Tourism Authority (STA) is still high priority as the headquarters is being redesigned to change the landscape of the Philipsburg area.
The beatification of Sucker Garden is also being worked on in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Development, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI. It regards a total makeover for the district with bus stops and sidewalks for pedestrians.

“This is long overdue, as the district has been neglected over the years and it’s time attention is brought to Sucker Garden. Prior to the elections plans were developed to give the area a new look,” stated Matser.

Plans for a Foreign Relations Office were also announced by the US Party candidate. They show the new building at the former fire station in Philipsburg near the marketplace.

“Every country needs a proper Foreign Affairs Department that will be able to execute its duty. For years, this vital department has been hidden in different buildings, however a proper building is long overdue,” Matser added.

These are just some of the projects Minister Arrindell has in the pipeline and of which she will announce the start soon, he added. The MP said he wanted to ensure the population that there is progress taking place in the country.

Matser contested the last election on the slate of the United People’s (UP) party, but later left that party, declared himself independent and subsequently joined the current governing coalition. “There is a lot more projects that will come to St. Maarten including a five-star hotel and I predict that these project will provide the island with over 500 jobs,” concluded Matser.
Source: Daily Herald
Matser believes in economic development for St. Maarten


  1. Tell me first where the money for these wet contractors dreams comes from.
    And if a country of less than 50.000 in population is in need of any ‘proper’ foreign affairs department then please put it as an integral part in the new government building.
    I expect from a MP to represent the interest of the voter. And there are much more important infrastructure projects due than another government building. Mr. Matser don’t you get it?