“Enhancing the quality of life and well-being of the people of Sint Maarten requires the joint efforts of several ministries and society at large. We strive to create a society where no one is left behind nor neglected. It is the commitment of government to take necessary measures which will improve the health and well-being of all residents with emphasis on the vulnerable. The transition of St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) to a General hospital and improvement in medical services are high on government's priority list.
Government will review its public housing vision and policy to meet the housing needs of our citizens. Through this initiative, it is our aim to stimulate upward mobility in living standards and thus enhance the quality of life. This will motivate are youngster. Young citizens who are confident, are better prepared to face opportunities and challenges. Our vision for our youth includes stimulating them in ways that will allow them to grow and reach new levels of development and achievement.
Addressing the above will contribute to the quality of life. However, we must place special emphasis on reducing the cost of living on Sint Maarten for our citizens, especially the elderly and the vulnerable. Therefore, government will increase the 'Basket of Goods', provide GEBE social relief to citizens in need, and conduct a study to transition from a minimum wage to a living wage.”