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Minister De Weever: local institution willing to finance St. Maarten Medical Center expansion project

TUESDAY, 16 APRIL 2013

PHILIPSBURG–Health Minister Cornelius de Weever said he has been in discussions with “one of our local institutions” that is willing to finance the entire St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) expansion project.

“They don’t even have to float a bond,” De Weever said during Monday’s plenary session of parliament on the draft 2013 budget.

The minister did not name the local institution in question. Alluding to a question that had been asked during the meeting of the Central Committee of Parliament last week about the cutting of SMMC’s subsidy, the minister said SMMC had “never really used it last year.”

He said too that the medical centre never made use of the services of the Central Bank, even though he had “introduced” them to bank officials to work on a bond issue. “They [SMMC – Ed] chose to go with another company. That is beyond my control, that was the board’s decision. I believe that we should continue the communications and try to resolve these issues.”

SMMC had been exploring several options for its expansion.

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