Signature of the city contract: "A great moment for Saint-Martin"

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Today's edition will be partly devoted to the signing ceremony of the city contract of Saint-Martin 2015-2020, which took place yesterday at the Hôtel de la Collectivité. In the presence of partners and signatories, including National Education, the health agency (ARS), Pôle emploi, CCISM, the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) and the State, President Aline Hanson qualified this document of "emblematic". 

Concrete and targeted actions will be implemented over the next five years, in priority neighborhoods, in the Quartier d'Orléans and Sandy Ground, this is what the Saint-Martin city contract offers. "The COM and the State are committed to an ambitious approach, in response to the real needs of the population", indicates the president, who recalls on this occasion the various stages of the development of this contract. A diagnosis was carried out in these neighborhoods to identify the issues and five themes were selected in order to develop a strategy. Last July, the framework contract between the State and the COM was signed with the following themes: habitat, environment and living environment, health, educational success, security and prevention of delinquency , social support, training and economic development. For the prefect Anne Laubies, this contract - which required long meetings, with a budget of nearly 250.000 euros per year - is "extremely important for the territory" and reflects "the new city policy that the city wishes to pursue. 'State". According to the prefect, this policy aims to "reduce social and economic fractures", "the fragility of the population, exclusion, unemployment, the lack of perspective are the factors generating the difficulty of living together. ". According to the vice-president and senator Guillaume Arnell, this contract “testifies to the difficulty we have in reducing this social divide”.

Before the official signing of the document, a round table of signatories was carried out. Everyone spoke of their various actions, including "the creation of a point of access to rights" for the public prosecutor of the jurisdiction of Basse-Terre Samuel Finielz and "the training of teachers in French as a foreign language for the 1st degree and colleges ”for the rector of the Academy of Guadeloupe Camille Galap. With regard to unemployment, the president of the CCISM Jean Arnell underlines that one of the objectives is to attract new businesses in these districts, and that an exemption from charges would be welcome. Finally, the Director General of Services (DGS) of COM Philippe Million underlines that there are more than 140 actions to be implemented. Other areas of the territory also need support and are currently on standby such as Saint-James, Concordia, Agrément, Hameau du Pont, Grand-Case and Cul-de-Sac.

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