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    Inaugural Address by Suriname's President


    Summary of Inaugural Address by Suriname's President, Desire D. Bouterse, 12 August 2015, Paramaribo


    On August 12, 2015, Desire D. Bouterse started his second term as President of the Republic of Suriname.


    In his inaugural address, Bouterse commented that this second term is grounded in a multi-ethnic basis that stands at the center of Surinamese politics. "For the first time in our history", he said, "Suriname is able to advance powerfully and convincingly to developing production sectors that we ourselves can control in a sustainable manner."


    Bouterse indicated in general terms what the conditions to achieve such are, pointing to two issues. Educational as well as environmental policies are strategically linked to the development efforts.


    Bouterse also stressed that Suriname continues to stand ready in contributing positively to the maintenance of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone − a zone of peace and free of wars, contrary to situations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.


    With fervor, he stated that in such an environment of peace, the Surinamese people have an unprecedented opportunity to no longer base their economy on merely profiting from vested interests abroad. "We no longer want to primarily be dependent on outside market forces which determine the price of gold, of oil and of alumina, because we have no influence whatsoever on the forces that are at play there", Bouterse exclaimed.


    "The time has come that the citizens of Suriname − from within government, from the private sector, from trade unions, and from civil society − in close consideration and collaboration, develop the sectors that guarantee sustainable economic growth. Adequate attention should be given to the necessary infrastructure involved. No productivity without connectivity. We have to link and remain focused on the world trade systems."  (tekst YM)

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