Published On: Mon, Dec 17th, 2012

First proposal from National Dialogue on Urgency Plan presented to the Council of Ministers

WILLEMSTAD – There are no easy solutions and taking no action is not an option. Everyone in our society will be affected by what needs to be done and nobody is really enthusiastic about the solutions, but there was consensus in the Kolaborativo dialogue platform that the proposed first steps are absolutely necessary to avoid fast and disastrous deterioration of the balance of payments problems and an increase in the budget deficit.

A proposal for urgent, short term and temporary measures to be taken for the coming twelve months was submitted to the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers for consideration on Friday morning.

With some 100 stakeholders and 40 experts participating, and following two plenary sessions and many meetings in which experts in all related fields worked together in a tripartite way, the proposal offers solutions and recommendations as alternatives to the government proposal submitted in November.

Working with very short deadlines and limited access to the needed data, the participants know that this is only a first step towards a more integral solution. A long term process of continuous dialogue in the community will result in short, medium and long term solutions which have to be based on consensus to go forward and be successful.

It was noted by participants that this was the first time since 2008 that experts and stakeholders from all segments of our society have diligently worked together to formulate an overall approach in which the pain is shared and the most vulnerable in our society are protected as much as possible.

A meeting with the Prime Minister is planned for this week to discuss and further explain the proposal and underline the importance of continued national dialogue to reach long term sustainable solutions for balance of payments.

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