PHILIPSBURG—Formateur for the 2018 – 2022 government and leader of the United Democratic Party (UD), Theodore Heyliger officially signed the governing program for his new government on Friday June 22 along with his coalition partner and Leader of the St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) Wycliffe Smith.
The coalition also announced that they have chosen the name Sint Maarten United Christian Democratic Coalition. The governing program was signed by all incoming members of the soon to be sworn in Council of Ministers, and by the eight Members of Parliament who hold the majority in the St. Maarten parliament.
Since two members will vacate their seats to become ministers when they are officially sworn in on Monday, the two new incoming parliamentarians have also signed in support of the governing program.
Once the signing of the document was completed Heyliger in his final act as Formateur handed a copy of the governing program to Governor Eugene Holiday along with his final formation report.
Heyliger was appointed late in March as Formateur with responsibility for forming the new Sint Maarten government 2018 – 2022. One of the essential requirements for Heyliger was to ensure that the coalition that is established shows political maturity and provides the political stability for the country to “get it right” especially at this critical stage of recovery.
Governor Holiday also requested that Heyliger put together a broad-based government that reflects the wishes of the population, and gives Sint Maarten the stability it needs to complete its recovery after being devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.
High on Heyliger’s report of priorities for the incoming government is the restoration of homes, roof repairs and an instant economic boost for the return of jobs. Critical to achieving this goal is the reconstruction of the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), and hotels that were destroyed by hurricanes. The report stipulates that focus must also be put on a final clean-up campaign and the preparations for the 2018 hurricane season.
Heyliger, who is a Member of Parliament and leader of the United Democratic Party (UD), also handed Governor Holiday a copy of the Governing Program 2018-2022 put together by the new Sint Maarten United Christian Democratic Coalition entitled “Building a Sustainable Sint Maarten”.
It outlines the plan of action for incoming ministers over the next four years. To ensure he was able to put together a government and a governing program that represented the needs and interests of the people, Heyliger went throughout the community and spoke with a broad cross-section of people and organizations to formulate his report.
Heyliger has put together a ministerial Cabinet of individuals who represent both political parties. The SMCP and UD based their coalition agreement on both parties’ vision and interest in stability and the promotion of the well-being of the people of Sint Maarten.
The collective interest of this Sint Maarten United Christian Democratic Coalition, centre on the goal of moving Sint Maarten forward. The nine members of the new ministerial Cabinet will officially take the oath of office on Monday, June 25th.
CUTLINE: From the left Leader of the St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) Wycliffe Smith and Leader of the United Democratic Party (UD) Theodore Heyliger at the signing of the governing program for the incoming coalition.