Philipsburg St. Maarten, November 7th, 2018 – Following her queries to Ministers Johnson, Smith and Lee of respectively TEATT, MECYS and VSA, regarding the partnership recently entered into by the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) in a Memorandum of Understanding to create a Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM), Member of Parliament (MP), Sarah Wescot-Williams was recently privy to the discussions between aforementioned Ministers and AUC regarding this very topic.
The MP, upon learning of the partnership had written to the three ministers, informing them of the Agreement. As a follow up, AUC was invited to present details of the partnership to the Government Ministers.
“The CCDM’s purpose is to increase disaster resiliency in the Caribbean and throughout the world by providing education in disaster medicine, conducting research, and collaborating with disaster management systems on Sint Maarten and within the region” stated Heidi Chumley, Executive Dean at AUC.
The MP’s queries to the Government Ministers centered on the possibility of tag-teaming with the AUC in this venture. “I am of the opinion that this partnership could have a spinoff for St. Maarten in several ways – educational, medical and touristical. From the meeting with AUC officials it became evident that indeed this partnership is good for the country as a whole. I encourage the government to pursue this route, as no stone should be left unturned as we seek to rebuild our country and our economy. Small steps, big steps, they all are part of the journey to recovery.” Wescot –Williams stated.