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Prime minister of Sint-Maarten: ‘donor funding not used due to lack of capacity’

The prime minister of Sint-Maarten, Leona Marlin-Romeo, said that the world Bank “complex structures” applies. In combination with an “extreme lack of capacity” on the island, this has led to the fact that only a small part of the Dutch donor funding to St Maarten is used.

She reacts therewith a report of the General Court of auditors stating that the 550 million euros of donor funding for the reconstruction of the in september 2017, a hurricane struck St. Maarten yet hardly any money has actually been spent.

Of the pledged 550 million euros for the reconstruction, is 470 million distributed via a trust fund until 2025 and is managed by the world Bank.

Sint Maarten will be fully committed to remain in the trust fund, according to Marlin-Romeo. “But the past few months have taught us that the implementation of projects through that fund a lot more time and manpower cost than us and the Netherlands had suspected.”

She states that St. Maarten would like to continue to collaborate with the fund, but does the actual execution of projects “very challenging”.

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