SOCIETY: The Economic, Social and Cultural Council of Saint-Martin inaugurates its new premises


This Tuesday, September 13, 2022 marked the inauguration of the new offices of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (CESC) of Saint-Martin, now located in a traditional Saint-Martin house at 21 rue de Hollande in Marigot. Julien Gumbs, the president of the CESC, welcomed the officials and the press to mark the event. 

Many officials were present to attend the inauguration of the new premises of the institution, including Vincent Berton, delegate prefect of the Northern Islands accompanied by Fabien Sésé, secretary general of the prefecture, Harry Christophe, vice-rector of Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin, Dominique Louisy, 3rd vice-president of the Collectivity representing Louis Mussington, Valérie Damaseau, president of the Tourist Office as well as its director Aïda Weinum, several territorial councilors as well as Georges Gumbs who was the first president of the CESC from 2007 to 2019 to whom Julien Gumbs, current president of the CESC, paid tribute by presenting him with a commemorative plaque. In front of the assembly gathered in the reception hall of the CESC, Julien Gumbs took the floor to salute the existence and the importance of an organization such as the CESC. Created on December 18, 2007 in application of the organic law of February 21, 2007, the CESC is the only public “institution” whose role is to advise and support the Collectivity of Saint-Martin in all objectivity. The CESC can therefore receive requests for advice and studies from the Territorial Assembly of Saint-Martin or the Executive Council on any project of the Territorial Collectivity of an economic, social and cultural nature. In accordance with the Organic Law, it may, on its own initiative, issue opinions on any economic and social question concerning the cultural future of Saint-Martin. The opinions and studies provided by the civil society represented are essential for the free exercise of democracy in Saint-Martin. The CESC is made up of a president with Julien Gumbs, two vice-presidents in the culture, social and youth section with Ida Zin-Ka-Ieu and Michel Vogel, two other vice-presidents in the economy, employment and training section with Pierre Aliotti and Claude Arnell as well as 24 members sharing six commissions in groups of four whose themes take up the three axes that define the CESC, namely the economy, social issues and culture. The space at 21 rue de Hollande is large and benefits from rooms in the basement that the CESC makes available to associations that need them. On the questions of the priority files of the CESC, Pierre Aliotti confided to the press the urgency of developing public transport, to serve all the districts and relieve traffic congestion other than by multiplying the roads. Aware of the added value that such advice brings, Prefect Vincent Berton had already met the CESC team when visiting their offices on 5 May. During his speech during the inauguration, he did not fail to recall the essential roles played by the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of Saint-Martin, namely representation, expertise and enlightening the future. . _VX

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