Published On: Wed, Oct 4th, 2017

Motion: “Institute regular consultation with French St. Martin”

GREAT BAY – Government and Parliament shall immediately activate a weekly question and answer hour. That is one of the stipulations in a motion MP Sarah Wescot-Williams submitted during yesterday’s meeting of parliament about the government’s preparedness for the arrival of Hurricane Irma in early September.

The motion expresses the concerns about the government’s preparedness, as it furthermore urges the government to institute regular consultation with French St. Martin and to inform the Parliament about these consultations.

The motion also urges the government to hurry up with the cleanup of the Simpson Bay Lagoon in consultation with its counterparts on the French side. It should use the proposal that formed part of the operational program of the European Union and the plan of the Nature Foundation to execute this project.

The motion also asks the government to examine the creation of a guarantee fund to protect mortgage debtors in consultation with the banking sector.

To address the population shifts experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the government should enlist the assistance of the United Nations Population Division, the motion furthermore states, adding that it should use the social mapping that has already been developed.

MP Wescot-Williams also asks in her motion for the development of a framework law to formalize the structure and profile of community and district councils and to make these organizations a mandatory part of the  social development plans.

Lastly the motion asks for a review if the disaster management structure in all its facets.

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Click here to read the full text of the motion.