Published On: Fri, Sep 29th, 2017

Curacao the Singapore of the Caribbean?

Handelskade-Willemstad-Curacao-IstockAfter the establishment of C.I.P.M., read Shell, in 1918 on Curacao the projected investment of the Chinese State-Owned, Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE), is the largest socio-economic event (of the past 100 years) on the island.

We have to be very aware that we are dealing with Chinese State Company and not a private entrepreneur, from the West, that normally demands a State Guarantee. To the contrary GZE releases a bank guarantee. This pledge is issued in September 2017.

All counter-arguments, criticism, comments, etcetera, that are used against the said investment is not relevant to the type of business, financial size, spatial] logistical organization, guaranteed, multidisciplinary approach and, above all, the general socio-economic importance of the projected investment.

We are talking about a minimum amount of 5 billion dollars. It will be very wise that both, local and foreign companies, to join with examining GZE. Other countries in the region are mouthwatering and are lurking to the listed investment with open arms, a heavy dose of positivity and optimism.

Only someone who is ignorant, narrow-minded, and or seeking his own individual interest can be against the socio-economic development, of this size. We must not waste time with negative discussions and inefficiency. Let’s be proactive and dynamic with a positive attitude for the general wellbeing of our country and say a very warm full welcome to the above mention projected investment.

Are we looking forward to a new social-economic and most probably also another unprecedented political and cultural order? Will Curacao be, between the next 5 to 10 years, the Singapore of the Caribbean?

By Roberto ‘Betto’ Flores.

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