Published On: Sat, Jun 8th, 2013

Curacao opens a ‘Curacao desk’ in Brazil

Steven MartinaWILLEMSTAD – During the Minister of Economic Development, Mr. Steven Martina, last visit to Brazil, he officially opened the Curacao Desk in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

“The fact that we now have a Curaçao desk – a kind of chamber of commerce in Brazil – will contribute considerable to removing Curaçao from the blacklist in Brazil. By having a structure in Brazil we show that our country is serious in its intentions, aim for sustainability, and invest in establishing a good relation with Brazil. I view this as a positive step in proving we are heading in the right direction and am confident that if we maintain this course our country will be removed from the black list eventually. It’s a process and this is an important step in that process,” Martina indicated.

During the Minister’s visit he spoke with captains of industry and together with Billy Jonckheer from the Chamber of Commerce and Ghatim Kabbara from the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), he gave a presentation on the tourist and logistic possibilities of Curaçao.

This year Curaçao will be the host country of the Latin America Prestigious Marketing Award. Brazil still has Curaçao on the tax blacklist of countries that are considered tax paradises. During his term in office, the former Minister of Economic Development, Abdul Nasser El Hakim (MFK), also visited Brazil several times with the purpose to remove Curaçao from this list.

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