Only a small part of Dutch donor funding for Sint-Maarten spent

Of the 550 million euros of donor funding for the reconstruction of the hurricane-affected St. Maarten is still almost nothing spent.

Because of this, the inhabitants of the island a year after the disaster, as yet, little concrete results, such as repair of houses and infrastructure, the General Court of auditors, in a Thursday published a report on the Dutch contribution to the reconstruction of Sint-Maarten.

The heavy hurricane Irma hit St. Maarten in september 2017, and damaged 90 percent of the buildings on the island. The damage is 1.9 billion euro is estimated.

The netherlands agreed a 550 million euro for the reconstruction. To ensure that the resources carefully, lawfully and effectively be spent, an amount of 470 million distributed via a trust fund until 2025 and is managed by the world Bank.

Requirements world Bank as a obstacle experienced

According to the General Court of auditors, the procurement requirements of the world Bank on the island as an obstacle to experience. “As there is with money from the trust fund still have no roof on the island is restored. Also are the repairs to the electricity supply and water storage since October still,” in the report.

In accordance with the procedures of the world Bank must be utility work on public procurement and should the jobs not just of local operators award.


Sint-Maarten recovers with difficulty after hurricane Irma

Two projects are smoothly underway

Two of the projects studied are smooth in motion: the financial contribution to a new hospital and a programme for training and income support from residents on Sint Maarten.

The biggest obstacle for a rapid reconstruction is a lack of staff and lack of expertise. “The island has not only financial support, but also support in the use of it. The officials on the island have a need for more assistance from the Netherlands and or the world Bank”, says the General Court of auditors.

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