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DUTCH QUARTER TOWN HALL MEETING ON 10TH EDF PROJECT

Updates to be provided on sewerage project

The public in general and residents of Dutch Quarter in particular are being invited to an informative Town Hall Meeting, to take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

St. Maarten’s Prime Minister, the honorable Leona Romeo-Marlin is scheduled to open the meeting and Minister of VROMI, the honorable Miklos Giterson is expected to address the audience at this event. Following this, presentations about the project will also be made.

The upcoming Town Hall Meeting, which is to take place at the Dutch Quarter Community Center, is a follow-up to earlier dialogue with the district’s residents. This is being organized by the government’s departments of Interior and Kingdom Relations and New Projects.

The meeting will serve as an opportunity to provide Dutch Quarter residents with details of the latest developments regarding the 10th EDF project, which concerns a sewerage project in the district of Dutch Quarter. As is known, the country of St. Maarten and the European Commission (EC) signed the financing agreement, which outlined a co-financing structure with a contribution of 4.75 million euros.

In the meantime, the Government of St. Maarten has signed the 10th EDF Works Contract with Van Boekel Bouw and Infra BV and the construction works are expected to commence this summer.

The project will entail the construction of a much needed sewerage system including a pumping station, sewer to house connections, infrastructure upgrading and ancillary works in the district. The project specifically targets the upgrading of the sewerage infrastructure in the Dutch Quarter district.

Overall, it is the intention that the project will serve to improve the living conditions of low-income residents and reduce poverty on St. Maarten.

Following presentations to be made by the various partners, the public will have an opportunity to ask questions on the pertinent issues and the way forward.

The town hall meeting is part of promoting a healthy exchange of views within a framework of transparency and acknowledging the importance of stakeholder contribution.