The Government of Sint Maarten, under the Ministry of General Affairs, has embarked on a process for collective national visioning and National Development Planning, entitled, “Building a Nation: Sint Maarten National Development Plan and Institutional Strengthening.”
After the dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles on October 10, 2010, there was a need to re-establish and refine a national vision and build on the past in mind and the future in sight to create a more harmonious country, built on a strong foundation of ideals.
The responsibilities for such national development programming are that of the Department of the Interior and
Kingdom Relations (BAK), which formulates, monitors, and evaluates policies not only for nation building but also for the overall development of Sint Maarten, including advancing relationships with the European Union,The United Nations, regional and international agencies and their Development Programs.
A team of experts for National Development (Team NDP) is therefore fulltime committed to support the implementation of this project; drs. Andrea Ortega-Oudhoff, Senior Project Manager National Development, drs. Joeri Arion, Policy Advisor, drs.Okama Ekpe Brook, Senior Policy Advisor, drs. Lucrecia Morales, Program Manager; and Tom Woods, Project Manager, from the United Nations Volunteer and United Nations Development Program.
Similar to the Multiannual Policy Plan of previous years, the National Development Plan will provide a strategic vision for Sint Maarten, a “shared national vision” and a document outlining future national development that will concentrate on development areas that will improve and advance the social, economic, cultural and environmental situation.
This consultations will take place firstly with Civil Servants, then via community based dialogues with the public and private sectors and civil society.