Published On: Thu, Oct 25th, 2018

Rhuggenaath to the ‘Caribbean OCT’s Resilience Summit’

WILLEMSTAD - Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath is currently in Sint Maarten for an official visit. He will take part in the 'Caribbean OCT's Resilience Summit' on 25 October. This conference is held in honor of the signing of a financing agreement between the Caribbean 'overseas countries and territories' (OCTs) and the European Commission. A program for resilience, sustainable energy and marine biodiversity will also be launched in our region.

As part of the 11th European Development Fund, the European Union is providing EUR 40 million to the Caribbean OCTs. The aim is to achieve specific objectives in the coming 4 years through regional cooperation. The areas of cooperation are sustainable energy, marine biodiversity and the ability to deal with problems and be resilient.

The host of this conference is Prime Minister of St. Maarten, Leona Marlin-Romeo. She will sign the programming document and the financing agreement on behalf of all Caribbean OCTs. Minister-President Eugene Rhuggenaath and other OCT leaders will then sign and/or ratify the financing agreement and any other documents relating to this conference. Other Caribbean OCTs that will be represented during the conference are Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos Islands.

In addition to Minister Rhuggenaath, the Curaçao delegation consists of Mrs. Claudine Merkies (legal adviser to the Cabinet of Prime Minister) and Mrs. Judric Pietersz (2nd Deputy Territorial Authorizing Officer).

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Photo: Claudine Merkies (legal advisor of Prime Minister's Office) Eugene Rhuggenaath (Minister-President) and Judric Pietersz (2nd Deputy Territorial Authorizing Officer).

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