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Speech by the Professor
Speech by the Professor
Greetings - President Daniel GIBBS - 15 January 2018

The Prefect,
Mr. Prefect,
Mr. Speaker,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Ladies and Gentlemen, the representatives of the constituted bodies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
My dear friends,

I am very happy to welcome you this afternoon because the ceremony of presentation of the vows is an important moment of the local political life and it is a first for me, like President of the Collective.

First of all, I would like to have an emotional thought for those who have passed away this year, mown down by the devastating force of Irma or the cruel accidents of life.

Nevertheless, if I have so much fun gathering around me today, it is also because these peaceful moments of sharing have been rare since the passage of hurricane Irma: our schedules, political time and administrative, like our lives, have been turned upside down and it is a real race against the clock that we are all facing.

Race against the clock to rebuild our roofs or our schools, to give back to our island an ever more livable image, to make sure that our partners that are the State and Europe do not forget us and fulfill their role fully ...

This ceremony of vows is for me the occasion to take a little time, especially to salute the work and the implication of those who work daily for the rebirth of our territory.

Thus, to the volunteers of the island associations, to the police force and to the personnel of education and health, to the courageous elected officials, to the territorial agents, to the personnel of the State and to all those, private individuals or entrepreneurs, who have not counted their hours or spared their efforts and energy to work for the recovery of Saint-Martin, I address this afternoon the testimony of my gratitude and my friendship.

I spoke about working on the "revival" of St. Martin because like you, I am fully aware that our mission should not be confined to rebuilding walls and rebuilding networks, but rather to harnessing ourselves together, to this vast project which is the construction of a new living together.

And this is the challenge of the challenge that Imma imposes on us: acting in an emergency while thinking about Saint-Martin in the long term.

I know each other's impatience, I share it often and I understand it. I am thinking, for example, of the question of compensation for our fellow citizens by their insurance.

Too many insureds are still struggling to be compensated and this situation, four months after the passage of Irma, is neither tenable nor acceptable, I agree. So I met the President of the Federation of Insurance, Mr Bernard SPITZ, to raise awareness on this issue.

Moreover, I receive Thursday a delegation of the federation as well as representatives of experts and major insurers. On this subject, as on everyone else, rest assured that I will not let go!

Because if we have come a long way since the beginning of September, I can see how much remains to be accomplished. And for that, I need the patience of everyone and the mobilization of all.

I include in this call our brothers and friends from the Dutch part. I am more convinced than ever that cooperation is the key to the success of our island.
I hope that Sint Maarten will regain stability at the end of the next elections and I look forward to working with the future Dutch government at this United Congress French and Dutch, which is so close to my heart.

My goal, that of my team, you know it: to make Saint-Martin a prosperous and peaceful territory, where it is good to live and work, and who offers his children a future worthy of the name.

To achieve this, our team was elected last March by the Saint-Martinoises and Saint-Martinois on a clear methodology and project, to which we remain faithful and that we commit ourselves to respect.

The repeal of 100 euros' levies for basic assessment, control and collection fees on non-taxation notices, the launch of the development of the Saint-Martin Development and Development Plan and the modification of the POS or the adoption of our 2017-2027 tourist development scheme are, to this day, just a few examples of the promises made. The population is responsible for it.

So, Irma has certainly upset our calendar, it has however strengthened my determination and that of my team, to put St. Martin on the path of development.
With an additional objective, which is to make Saint-Martin a model of resilience and adaptation to climate change. We learn from Irma at all levels.
It is in this sense that we are working on a new urban planning regulation, which is why our tourism development scheme has been enriched by a "green" theme, which anchors the vision and direction of our first economic sector in the principles of sustainability and eco-responsibility. ///


Yes, we are moving forward: we will be able to propose by March 31, a multi-year plan for investment and catch-up, which will be able to correct the inadequacies noticed since 2008 by our Collectivité in the matter of financial compensation of the transferred charges.
The State must play its full part, the Community as well, in a partnership that is certainly close, but which takes into account the skills of each. Is not this the very spirit of Article 74?

I have read the concern of some in the columns of the local press, who pretend to see in the signing of our partnership protocols with the State, an interference of It in the affairs of St. Martin. That they are reassured: the Community has a cape AND a captain, aware of the responsibilities incumbent upon him and determined to enforce the skills that are and must remain his.

Today, St. Martin must be reborn from the ashes: For this, we need to have the tools, guaranteed by the article 74, which we are sorely lacking:
- An INSEE antenna
- Efficient state services on our territory
- A prefect of full exercise
- A vice-rectorate.

To be reborn from our ashes, we have chosen a symbol, that of the Phoenix, which I baptized the daring plan of revival which Saint-Martin needs and which I will present to you now.

Transparency, simplicity, sustainability, responsibility, innovation, exemplarity: these are the values ​​that guide the action of the majority that I have the honor to lead and which are the thread of this Phoenix map that we implement for the necessary economic and social recovery of our territory. ///


In recent months, the elected officials and the services of the Collectivité have not been idle. The challenge facing us since IRMA's passage is significant: rebuild a territory, revive a tourist destination in a responsible and sustainable way.

We did not want to act with precipitation but methodically. First, managing the emergency: clearing the public space, then storage sites, identify and help the poor and put the community back on track.

Our reconstruction plan is structured around five axes: Reconstruction, Economic Recovery, Security, Success and Accompaniment.
Indeed, it is up to us to act in all areas of public life. The cyclone IRMA did not only material damage, it exposed the social difficulties of our territory. It is therefore up to us, as part of the reconstruction, to respond to these issues, as we committed ourselves last March, when we moved to the Territorial Council.

So what plan of action for these next months and years? / / /


First part of the Phoenix plan, Reconstruction.
We will act in two phases, in the short term to respond to the issue of damage repair and in the long term in a process of sustainable development of our territory.

For the short term, I would like to explain to you precisely what was the approach of the Collectivité because I know that the impatience and sometimes misunderstanding were strong. The hurricane's violence was such that 95% of the Mount Saint-Martin suffered damage. Thousands of residents, hundreds of companies are forced to repair their home or establishment.

If we are fully aware of the urgency in which the whole territory is plunged, my teams and I could not take the responsibility to act in haste.
The planning rules of Saint-Martin no longer corresponded to the sad reality of our territory. There was no question for the majority of "shave gratis" without taking into account the risks to which our fellow citizens were now faced. We had to go back to the procedures and revise the rules in force in the light of cyclonic "post-Irma" effects.

The state has therefore worked on the famous hazard map which was communicated to us at the beginning of December. It was only from this document that the Collectivité was able to work on a new authorization procedure, depending on the impacted areas. Work that we anticipated in October by simplifying the procedures, by modifying our urban planning code and by launching the modification of the POS.

I therefore insist on the fact that we can not envisage the reconstruction of our territory without thorough work with full knowledge of the risks.

I announce to you that it is thus done and that we will reveal the new procedures of the Collectivité, Wednesday, on the occasion of the presentation of the Carte des Aléas, in partnership with the State.

Our concern has been to simplify the procedures and to allow everyone to remain safe, as soon as possible, even in areas most exposed to cyclonic risks. As for economic activities, the objective I have always displayed is to authorize their reconstruction, taking cyclonic effects into account.

Of course, rebuilding homes that have been completely demolished along the shoreline is a much more complex subject, to which I will return a little later in this speech.

Always in the very short term, we will invest for the reconstruction of public infrastructures: schools, sports facilities, public space, networks ... The evaluation report of the Collective announced 600 million euros of damage on public infrastructures. The effort is gigantic.

As of this year, the needs of the Community amount to 200 million euros of investments for the 2018 year only. It is a budget so ambitious that we will vote in March, but that imposes on us.

In concrete terms, our priorities for the 2018 year will focus first of all on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of our schools for an estimated amount, for the moment, of nearly 30 million euros.

Much has already been done in a constrained context where the projects must be carried out taking into account the school time and the delays of the public order.

Because, I remind you, despite the urgency and importance to us of the well-being of children and educational teams, the administrative delays of public consultation and the overload of orders of the companies of the territory do very often obstacle to our objective efficiency.

Heavy construction projects in the field of education await us this year with the construction of a new school, following the demolition of Soualiga College and Emile Larmoni School.

These projects are an opportunity to rethink the school map and streamline the operation of our schools.
This is how my Vice-President Annick PETRUS, and our services are studying the construction of a new college. We must go quickly in our reflections, in good agreement to lay the foundation stone of this establishment before the end of the year.

The 2018 year will also see the reopening of sports equipment. At the instigation of my first Vice-President, Valérie DAMASEAU, more than 2,5 million will be injected into the renovation of all the sporting plateaus of the territory and our stadiums. Here again it is urgent to act and I can confirm that orders from companies are in progress.

Always in the very short term, our reconstruction plan of course provides for the renovation of public lighting for more than 20 million euros for which an energy performance market is being drafted. It will allow us in a short time to replace all the bright spots of the territory and modernize our public lighting with a more economical, more ecological and innovative.

The passage of the hurricane last September proved the extreme weakness of all our networks.

We will speed up renovation of wet networks through an action plan that provides for 7 million investments for 7 years for the water network and 2 million investments for the sewerage network.

Last December, we launched the first landfill of electrical networks and communication. Our ambition is to go underground all the facilities and deploy fiber optics. In partnership with EDF, we initiated this process in Grand Case in December and will continue on the whole territory these 2 next years.

Beyond these emergency actions, the "Phoenix" plan focuses on thinking about the territory in the longer term. As we were committed to the Saint-Martinois in territorial elections, the majority we are intended to focus on the development of Saint-Martin.

Far from stopping us in our tracks, IRMA gives us here the opportunity to think about the planning of the territory in the long term.

A new conception of the territory that will emanate from two key strategic documents:
- The Plan of Development and Development of Saint-Martin
- The Territorial Plan of Housing.

They will form the basis of our planning policy for the next 10 or 15.

Indeed, if I have already had the opportunity to explain the objectives pursued by the PADSM - The control of the development of our villages, the economic attractiveness and the resilience of our facilities - the Territorial Plan of Housing, meanwhile , will endeavor to specify the quantitative and qualitative objectives of the Community in terms of housing based on a diagnosis of the existing.
It will also address the issue of insalubrious housing that the Collectivité committed to absorb in the context of the second protocol signed with the State. ///

So, what face for our territory in 10 years?

Undeniably, Saint-Martin will have to be durable, resilient and attractive.
Taking into account the environment under the leadership of Vice President Steven Patrick in charge of sustainable development, is a prerequisite for the safety of Saint-Martinoises and Saint-Martinois, and because we know more than anyone the dramatic consequences of climate change.

Without dwelling too long, I want to give you the outline of our ambitions for the development of our territory.

"The Great Marigot" will be the flagship of these next 10 years. Revitalization of the city center and development of the seafront will replace Marigot as the capital of the French part and as a major site of the Caribbean.

This large-scale project, which has been making Saint-Martin's news for many years, has come a long way. In question, an economic balance unattractive to investors and lack of will and public investment. But for Saint-Martin to regain its appeal, we must tackle the issue of the development of Marigot and the modernization of its infrastructure.

The two components that make up the "Grand Marigot" project, development of the seafront and revitalization of the center, are fully complementary, paying particular attention to the opening of the heart of the city towards the seafront.
The shopping streets must indeed benefit from the attractiveness of the future infrastructures for the reception of the average cruising and the great pleasure.

Far from being a mere ambition, the realization of the "Grand Marigot" is already implemented: the port establishment responsible for following the seafront project has selected a project management assistant.
I will submit to the Territorial Council the registration the 2018 budget for beautification work streets of the Republic, Liberty and General de Gaulle, as well asa first phase of development from the seafront.
The work will extend from the Rare Bird Car Park to the Methodist Church. ///

Other tourist site that will be the subject of a redevelopment, Grand Case.
The Community intends to reinforce the tourist attractiveness of this district and to carry out modernization works of the public road, in particular for the comfort of the inhabitants.
In addition to the burial work of the electrical, digital, water and sanitation networks that are about to be completed, a special consideration must be given to the development of the seafront and the development of new tourist infrastructures. and commercial.

The reconstruction of this neighborhood is essential given its heritage and tourist interest. Particular attention must however be paid to the reconstruction methods in the case of a next major climate event.

Of course, you know, the airport runway will be extended very soon, following the acquisition of the lands by the Collectivité, last October. This project is crucial for the economy of Saint-Martin and has dragged on for too long. I make a point of honor.

For these two neighborhoods, we will launch a call for tenders in the coming weeks for the Community to be accompanied in its approach.

You know it, Sandy Ground and Orleans District have particularly suffered from marine submersion. The security of the inhabitants in these neighborhoods but also Nettle Bay, Cul de Sac, Orient Bay and Oyster Pond should be treated with the utmost attention, in all respon-

If the Community has adapted its procedures in the short term to authorize the repair of the damage in these areas at high risk, there is no question of acting hastily for the reconstruction of homes now demolished.
A responsible policy imposes a long-term projection and a time not of passivity but of active reflection and work to rethink the development of these neighborhoods.

The goal: Resolve residents 'exposure to cyclone risks and, at the same time, improve residents' living environment by rethinking housing, public space and the provision of public services, particularly at Sandy Ground and Orleans District. . I repeat: this unprecedented period of reconstruction of the territory must not be limited to buildings.

In concrete terms, we are launching a consultation for the Community to be accompanied by specialists urban and social issues. In consultation with the inhabitants, our objective is to propose in 12 month maximum a plan of development of Sandy Ground and District of Orleans for an implementation as soon as possible.

From here the selection of these experts, we work with local architects to define the first orientations in the light of the hazard map. A first meeting is scheduled for tomorrow. ///

The planning of a territory must be global and as such the issue of connections between neighborhoods should not be overlooked.

Two projects in progress: the creation of a public transport network, complementary to the private offer, currently being drawn up within the Transport Committee, and the implementation of the road map for which we will propose to the Territorial Council to register near 6 millions of euros from 2018 and 8 million euros for improvements and road repairs.

As you understand, because we are aware of the urgency of many of our fellow citizens living in these high-risk areas, we are adopting a two-step strategy.

The first: the repair of the damage, when it is possible, for the security of the inhabitants and the reopening of the public infrastructures.

Then in a second time: reconstruction conditioned by a responsible and sustainable development plan. ///


Second major axis of the "Phoenix plan", Economic Recovery. In accordance with the program of the majority that I drive, the plan "Phoenix" is committed to developing tourism, the first pillar of our economy, while paying particular attention to its diversification.

Without a doubt, IRMA has put our economy flat. For the tourism sector, 80% of 1500 rooms in the territory are destroyed in the aftermath of the cyclone. The remaining 20% are not all marketable given the state of the infrastructure.

If the situation improves little by little, the site is gigantic to get back on track our destination. The repair of buildings, the financial and social difficulties faced by hoteliers and tourism professionals are all obstacles to overcome in this period of reconstruction.

Allow me to thank the socio-professionals, their representatives, as well as the lawyers and accountants of Saint-Martin who have particularly worked to find solutions to help the socio-economic world of Saint-Martin. Negotiations with the state have failed to achieve the much-desired adaptation of the rules, despite significant progress. But I know that with their support, we will not let go.

I will be in Paris again next week to discuss the hotel reconstruction and get the help needed to reopen our accommodation facilities. I do not doubt that we will be heard.

I would like to salute the merchants and restaurateurs who have redoubled their efforts in recent weeks to reopen their establishments and bring our territory back to life. I want to tell them that their efforts are not in vain, that they have reason to hope and have done so much harm because we will succeed in the bet of economic success.

How are we going to do it? ///

Here again, my Vice President Yawo NYUIADZI in charge of economic development, and myself, base our action on two program documents:
The 2017-2027 Tourism Strategy
The territorial strategy of economic development.
Works, of course, complementary.

We have indeed given a clear roadmap in the area of ​​tourism development, recently adopting our Territorial Council strategy, a major component of our "Phoenix Plan".

This strategy we have been working on since we arrived and presented it to the socio-professionals last June, well before the recommendations of the interministerial delegation. ///

As I said before, we made the choice of a sustainable tourism developmentthat is to say, respectful of the environment and including the entire population. A transversal strategy of which I will develop some points here.

Far from being a dictionary of good intentions, our tourism strategy focuses on setting concrete goals. Among these, private investments are expected and necessary.
We must not only rebuild the existing, but also plan the creation of at least 2000 additional hotel rooms to support our businesses, our restaurants and services.

So I want this afternoon to reassure you, Saint-Martin has not lost its attractiveness to investors since two hotel projects expected for years are in the process of realization: Beautiful Creole which will host 200 rooms around in a 5 star complex and Happy Bay on which is seriously positioned a large international brand.

Regarding the public worksites included in this tourism strategy, the "Grand Marigot" represents a major project for the revival of tourist activity and the creation of jobs. The development of the seafront will allow Saint-Martin to position itself on the tourism sector of average cruise, high-end, a sector in full expansion. Moreover, in accordance with these objectives and despite the current situation, Saint-Martin now welcomes the company Crystal Cruise as a base port. ///

I know the impatience of some, impatience that I share on the return to normal for the reception of our tourists. I hear the comparisons with Sint-Maarten, whose tourist activity is, it must be admitted, more dynamic than that of the French side in recent weeks.

I want to make some explanations and perspectives.

First of all, you will notice that the sights of St. Martin, like Anse Marcel, Orient Bay, Grand Case, or Pinel were heavily damaged by marine submersion, thus putting down hotels and restaurants.

Then, if the Dutch side lives on a cruise tourism that allows them to welcome visitors for a day, the tourist activity of Saint-Martin is closely linked to the hotel offering. When 90% of the accommodation offer is not able to accommodate tourists, the drastic decline in the number of visitors to our territory becomes obvious.

As I mentioned earlier, the administrative delays in public procurement and the crucial question of responsible reconstruction have certainly delayed the return to normal, so much hoped for.

Of course, and fortunately, we are seeing tourists again on the streets and beaches of Saint-Martin. That's why we need to speed up the restoration and cleaning of tourist sites. If in the context of our public markets actions have already been undertaken, I asked my services to set up a deep cleansing campaign of the beaches and their surroundings.
In a few days, the necessary will be done.

We must indeed erase the traces of the passage of IRMA. That is why, a plantation and landscaping campaign will be conducted in the coming weeks in Marigot, a visitor's place.

Let me remind you, however, that the cleanliness of our island is everyone's business.
If the Community takes its responsibilities in the matter by spending, I remind you, near 10 million since September for the cleaning of the island, it is not conceivable to see that some are content to deposit on the public road garbage and rubble.
A welcoming territory is a clean territory. We will henceforth give ourselves the means of sanctioning these acts of incivility, which we can no longer accept.

The crucial question, one that needs our full attention, is our ability to be ready for the 2019 season:
- an international marketing campaign to invite tourists to discover or rediscover Saint Martin
- a reconstruction of most of our hotels and restaurants,
- and an entertainment program carried by the Tourist Office to support our territory.

This is the work in progress to keep us ready and come back, I hope, even stronger. ///

Second objective of the Economic Recovery: the diversification of our economy. In other words, the strengthening of the business sectors of Saint-Martin, excluding tourism, although many of them depend on tourism activity.

We had planned for it in our first 12 program and although IRMA has delayed this work, we are working to define the objectives of the Community in terms of economic development.

Indeed, this week will be chosen, among 12 candidates, the firm that will accompany us in the development of this program document and in the financial and legal arrangement of our economic development agency.

Among the issues and the ways of working of the reconstruction plan, the question of trade is crucial.
If the commercial sector will undeniably benefit from the development of tourism activity, the fact remains that we must respond to issues specific to this sector, including the implementation costs that all too often prevent the development of tourism. quality of the commercial offer.

Therefore, without waiting for the conclusions of the economic development plan, I intend to propose to the Territorial Council the modification of our urban planning code for the definition of a pre-emptive scope of commercial and commercial leases.

The Community will thus be able to be informed in detail of any commercial assignment and to exercise its right of pre-emption if necessary. It is therefore up to him to give up or rent, by a device of accompaniment to the launching, the local acquired.

Another concrete action for the trade, and in accordance with our engagements, the hiring to the Collectivité of a "city manager".
In a few weeks we will welcome a new member of the administration, responsible for linking the community and traders of the island and to pilot the commercial animation of the territory in connection with socio-professionals.

Other key sectors in this diversification effort: fisheries and agriculture whose place in our economy has long been discussed and debated.
I expect this expert mission to finally define a clear and concerted framework on the development potential of these traditional sectors. To support us, particularly in the field of agriculture, the local action group (GAL) whose launch meeting is scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday, will have an envelope of 3 million euros from the European funds for 90%.

However, it is clear that if we want these sectors to create jobs, we must encourage them to integrate more fully into the island's economy by positioning them in the tourist catalog: in particular in the cultural or heritage sense.

Finally, supporting small businesses is essential in this economic recovery. 90% of the economic fabric of Saint-Martin is composed of small businesses and individual businesses.

In recent years, these companies are increasingly confronted with the problem of access to bank financing, especially for young companies. If the Collectivité is working alongside Initiative Saint-Martin as part of a guarantee fund offered to young entrepreneurs, we must go further in view of the post-Irma economic context.
So the Phoenix plan intends to work towards creating a territorial guarantee fund, complementary to existing devices. In this logic, the Collectivité has also initiated a partnership with the banks of the territory, gathered no later than last Friday at the Hotel de la Collectivité.

The diversification of our economy is not a vain promise since several serious prospects are already available to us.

I want to mention two: the project to install a flight simulator for ATR 42 and ATR 72 in Saint-Martin, in partnership with Air Antilles. A new activity on our territory creating jobs and wealth since beneficial for the hotel industry and many other sectors of activity.

Another issue on which our services are working seriously and in discussion with our European partners: the creation of a digital and geothermal hub in Saint-Martin.
This ambitious project involves connecting the Leeward Islands (St. Martin, St. Maarten, Anguilla, St. Barthelemy, Saba, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Eustatius) to a clean energy network and a network. digital.

The interest of this project is multiple: reduction of dependence on fossil fuels, limitation of charges related to the production of electricity beneficial to our competitiveness and full integration of Saint-Martin in its regional environment through its central role in this interconnected network.

The energy transition sector is clearly a serious prospect, with great potential for Saint-Martin. ///

Economic recovery will depend heavily on the institutional framework that we put at the disposal of the economic world.

First, the tax reform. We have been talking about it since March. It was a strong commitment from my team: a simpler, more consistent and more effective tax system. It is about our international competitiveness, the prosperity of our economy and the capacity of the public authorities to invest in its territory.
I recognize privileging indirect taxation in the face of a tax that is now painfully recoverable. All tracks are open.

At the beginning of February, the firm that we will select this week from among three candidates will have the task of rethinking the whole of our tax system on a mission of 9 months. At the end of the year 2018, we will be able to present a renovated tax code.

Another component of the institutional framework is the Economic Development Agency. I have already had the opportunity to explain the reasons that lead us to consider the creation of this tool, whose missions will be complementary to those of the CCISM. More than ever, we must equip ourselves with an "armed arm" to support existing companies and those wishing to invest in Saint-Martin. Believe me, attracting investors to St. Martin requires constant lobbying and close coaching to guide them through administrative meanders.

Having such a tool will enable us, within a single window, to take charge of these businesses and promote the territory effectively.

Here are the areas of work of the Community to ensure economic recovery: two shared action plans and a new institutional framework.

The following three axes of the "Phoenix Plan" focus on responding to social issues in Saint-Martin. We were well aware of the weaknesses in the matter of our island: delinquency, dropping out of school, unemployment, lack of training ... as many difficulties as cyclonic events have reminded us with dread. Rebuilding a territory is also acting for the well-being of its inhabitants and for its "living together".

Security which revealed its weaknesses in the days following the cyclone must benefit from a new approach based on proximity and cooperation.

Proximity by reinforcing the physical presence of police forces in the public space and neighborhoods and by encouraging citizen participation.

In concrete terms, the Collectivité will set up from 2018 local brigades on beaches and in frequented places. True ambassadors of the territory, the brigadiers will have to make contact with the visitors and the population in the public space in order to direct, advise and to reassemble any fact of incivility or insecurity with the territorial police and the gendarmerie.

For this first test, the Collectivité will send young people from Saint-Martin wishing to commit to their territory through the Civic Service.

The presence with the population will also result in educational missions to traders, seniors and young people.

The territorial police must play a role of local service in order to inform and reassure the inhabitants. This mission will come to fruition with the construction of territorial police stations at Sandy Ground and Orleans District to promote specific actions to local issues.

Proximity always with experimentation from the beginning of the year of the device Neighborhood Watch / Watchful Neighbors. This participatory action consists of establishing a spirit of mutual aid in the neighborhoods and of disseminating information to the competent services in the event, in particular, of incivility or insecurity. Thus, the gendarmerie and the territorial police will be able to count on referents, within the district councils for example, charged to remount all necessary information to guarantee the tranquility of the district.

Merchants will also be solicited as part of the "Vigi Commerces" operation. Supported by the Community and the services of the gendarmerie, "Vigi Shops"Allows traders to inform any act of incivility or delinquency by a simple SMS all traders and police forces.

Finally, our objective is to accentuate the presence of the territorial police, alongside the gendarmerie. Thus, Sandy Ground, the police station will be installed in the future socio-cultural and administrative center whose work will start from 2018.

In the District of Orleans, the territorial police will be installed in the premises of the gendarmerie as part of a colocalization between the security services of the Community and those of the State.

This innovative device in Saint-Martin will see the light of day in the premises of the gendarmerie, whose reconstruction work will be launched at the beginning of the year 2019.

It is therefore a new and reinforced cooperation that we envisage with the services of the Gendarmerie.

Moreover, I can not talk about security without greeting the involvement of the gendarmerie in Saint-Martin, but also that of our territorial police. I know that the figures are very encouraging and prove that the numbers and the means implemented have paid off.

Let us continue our efforts and express our wishes, ladies and gentlemen, the representatives of the State, that the number of the police forces remains sufficient in Saint-Martin ... ///


The success, The fourth axis of the Phoenix Plan aims to establish a roadmap to endow Saint-Martin with real public policies in favor of education, excellence and training. Our youth, the main force, must not be forgotten in the reconstruction effort.

Regarding Education, we launched our work for the adaptation of teaching in Saint-Martin as we authorize the organic law. The stated objective is to take more into account the specificities of our territory to improve the learning of the French language and to adapt access to the teaching profession for Saint-Martinois.

Our ambition is also to make significant improvements to extracurricular activities. For 2017, new, more qualitative actions were already to be offered to young Saint-Martin. Unfortunately, the situation did not allow them to benefit fully. The main objective is to develop tutoring both at school, after class, and at home.

The sport will be brought to Saint-Martin as a discipline of excellence and success. The Territorial Sport Plan that we will adopt next April, after a phase of consultation with the associations, will set the objectives of the Collective and all sports stakeholders to develop the practice and promote our many talents.

The flagship of this reinforced sports policy, a sports complex of excellence will be built in place of the stadium Albéric RICHARDS. This project, whose construction will begin in 2019, will include infrastructure for high-level training, including an 50 Olympic swimming pool. For the year 2018, we will devote ourselves to refine the programming and build the consultation file.

Finally, in professional training is at the heart of our concerns for the social reconstruction of Saint-Martin.

If our territory already hosts five training centers, we must improve its visibility, develop the offer and have a coherent policy in this area.

Two projects in progress for the 2018 year:
- The Territorial Plan Contract for the Development of Vocational Training and Orientation, which is our territorial strategy in terms of training and which will be delivered next April,
- And an innovative project, that of the House of Formation.

This new territorial structure will be used to bring together the training centers and training available in Saint-Martin.
The project is being edited and we hope to be able to create it by the end of the year. A complementary tool to the local Mission announced since 2015 that we will have to create and see out of the ground in a synergy with Pôle emploi as proposed by the Minister of Labor during his visit to Saint-Martin in December latest. ///

Finally,Accompaniment is the last axis of the "Phoenix Plan". Accompaniment of the most vulnerable, the most fragile, without assistanat but with benevolence.

I would like to briefly explain to you 2 major projects in favor of the accompaniment of those who need it.

First, we will focus, as with security, on developing a social policy of proximity. Saint-Martin benefits from a city contract and it is in this context that we intend to develop in the two neighborhoods concerned, Sandy Ground and Quartier d'Orléans, local structures that will bring together a socio-cultural center and a public services house.

Closer to the inhabitants, these public centers will endeavor to offer decentralized local services, such as Pôle emploi or the civil status service. In addition, social monitoring, animations and sensitization workshops, including parenting, can be proposed.

The construction of these structures, which respond to a real need, is a priority and we would like to lay the first stones in 2018.

However, well before that, temporary Public Service Houses will be installed in the coming weeks. I know that our services and the services of the prefecture have been active since October so that the residents of Sandy Ground and Quartier d'Orléans benefit from this proximity offer as soon as possible.
We will have the opportunity to return to it very quickly. ///

Second flagship project of the social policy of the Collectivité: the construction of a medical and social center. Here too, a subject that has been in the news for a few years and which, unfortunately, has not yet emerged.
However, the needs in terms of care for dependent people are immense. IRMA has also revealed the extreme weakness of our ability to manage people with disabilities or the elderly.

The district of La Savane, near the Cité scolaire, will therefore host a medical and social center that will provide all the structures needed to take care of the most fragile that an EHPAD or an educational medical institute to accommodate the youngest. ///

In line with our commitments, the Phoenix plan will be translated into a multi-year investment and retrofit plan by 31 March 2018.

You see it, Madam Prefect LAUBIES, Prefect GUSTIN, the list is long. The discussion that we have been engaged in since September allows me to think that we will continue to work in a strong partnership, each in its respective place. ///

Because make no mistake, every penny will count for the realization of this financing plan.

The Collectivité will undeniably call on the loan from AFD and the CDC, with whom we have a strong collaboration, but the reconstruction can not be done without the national solidarity, and therefore a massive national effort.

Financial effort in the first place with the use of budgetary appropriations of the State, because in this reconstruction, the responsibility is shared. A territory of the Republic so weakened after a catastrophe as we have known it can not stand up alone.

Political effort too, because, as I said at the time of the Prime Minister's visit to Saint-Martin, if the recourse to private investment is a goal clearly displayed in our reconstruction plan, the State must relieve the administrative heaviness and obstacles that discourage many partners.

Certainly, The tax reform that we will lead this year will seek to partially finance this reconstruction plan. But we must still avoid discouraging the creation of wealth and, moreover, jobs. ///


Ladies and Gentlemen, my dear friends,

I wanted to introduce our method for the reconstruction of St. Martin. The "Phoenix" plan is not a succession of clichés and scoops but a set of coherent actions.
We reaffirm here the ambition of the territorial majority as we had committed ourselves before the Saint-Martinois last March, while trying to go further in view of the major event that we experienced.

The "Phoenix Plan" is also the project of an administration. Ladies and Gentlemen Directors and Agents present this afternoon, as you know, our administration will benefit from a reorganization in 2018 and, in the light of this reconstruction plan, our institution will be able to count on a real administration project.

The Phoenix plan has the hope of making Saint Martin a sustainable and attractive territory in which everyone has the chance to succeed. My team and I have sought to put the lives of Saint-Martinois back at the heart of territorial development and public policies. ///

Yes, we will need time to work together on this ambitious program. We will have to play together, listen to the inhabitants, because everything will not be easy.

We have before us a dizzying and demanding challenge. But I know I can count on my team, my administration and all the forces of the territory to carry out the reconstruction of Saint-Martin.

To you, your families, your loved ones, I wish you, in my name and on behalf of the elected Territorial Council, a year full of courage and ambition. That 2018 is placed under the sign of the success and the collective work.

We will be reborn from our ashes and St. Martin will smile again.

I will end with this sentence: "to take the blows, to stay standing, to forget nobody, but never to renounce, and to go forward".

Happy New Year everyone!

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