However after making that assessment we should then move on and close the chapter for 2015 so that we can open the 2016 chapter in which we could write the plans, ideas, concepts and the vision that we would like to see come to pass by the end of 2016.
We should start by ensuring that we first look at creating a long term plan and then look at ways in which we could fit each year in that long term plan, which should be attainable and clear.
We should ensure that whatever we do throughout the year 2016 that it should be applicable to the goals and purpose that God has for our lives. We should never leave the Lord out of the planning of the purpose for our lives because He said that all things works together for good to those that LOVE Him and that are called according to His Purpose.
In other words we should all be creating a Long term plan for our lives that has his approval.
When we reflect on the year 2015 we see that we had many challenges that made the people of St. Maarten very despondent, confused and fearful. This fear caused many of us to remain in a paralyzed position believing that St. Maarten was in a critical state because of those many challenges. It went as far as Prime Ministers and Ministers looking at St. Maarten in a critical way by even stating that persons who were involved with crime commit suicide and it was even described to those people how they should have it done. There were still others that said that the People of St. Maarten should tighten up their belts because hard times were ahead of us in the coming year of 2016. We even went as far as Council of Ministers given a vote of none confidence but refusing to resign without their conditions being met. Then we had a situation in which a date for early elections was scheduled but another Government coming into power postponing the early elections for a later date. In addition we saw were crime on our island escalated even after our Police Officer Gamali Benjamin who was shot and later died in the line of duty making him the first Police Officer that died in the line of duty. And we can go on and on mentioning all the challenges that we had in 2015. However the CPA decided not to continue talking about our challenges and many problems that we faced during the year because we believe that people were tired of hearing about the problems and not enough about how would we be able to solve our many challenges so we can make St. Maarten/St. Martin a better and safer place to live. Our first observation today is that we realize the most important aspect to address is the fact that we must focus on strong and effective leadership which is lacking in our society. We are too busy looking at each other and making sure that we become rich off of the backs of our own people. The CPA condemns this sort of behavior and therefore is looking at seven areas that we will be having as priority for the upcoming year. We are looking at a people that should be well informed and a Government that should be open and transparent.
After analyzing the problems thoroughly we looked at undergoing SURGERY on St. Maarten for its survival. That SURGERY entails the following: 1. Social Needs, 2. Unification of St. Maarten/St. Martin, 3. Reformation of Laws, 4. Good Governance, 5. Education, 6. Relationships and Partnerships, 7. Youth Affairs.
These are the seven areas that we will be addressing as the year 2016 progresses.
We are asking the population to bear with us as we bring out the details of these seven areas for their information which will give them the opportunity to judge us by our Vision for the people of St. Maarten. This Long Term Vision goes beyond the four year term because we will be looking at structural changes instead of constantly just being busy with quick fixes that only serve to last a short period. We would need your input and support as we work on putting together a vision that would reflect YOU the people of St. Maarten.
Having said the above we of the CPA board would like to wish all of you a Safe, Peaceful, Joyful and Law-abiding New Year where not some but all of the people would be able to live out their dreams because of the facilities and the opportunities they would be given not to be given a fish but to be thought how to fish so that they would eventually be able to catch their own fish. Training would be received through the creation of a Youth Development Center which we would go more in details with in a subsequent notice to all.
The CPA Board together with its leadership then decided to name the following Institution and Person of the year for 2015 for their outstanding contribution to society in particular and to humanity in general. These awards were given to show our appreciation for the relentless work that was done by these two Person(s) in the year 2015.
- Institution of the Year 2015: “THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE Management and staff.
- Person of the Year: Mr. Urmain Dormoy, leader of “GENERATION NEW STATUS STM” Drum band.
Make 2016 a successful year for you by being ambitious, passionate and committed with what you do. If we all stick to these rules, the CPA board is sure that St. Maarten will surely LIVE ON. THE FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS. BELIEVE IN ST. MAARTEN AGAIN. GOD BLESS YOU.
C. Jeffrey Richardson
Leader and co-founder and Board
The Concordia Political Alliance Association