Published On: Tue, Mar 20th, 2018

The Netherlands warns Curaçao and Aruba against foreign interference

Stef-BlokTHE HAGUE - The governments of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten must be alert to secret interference by foreign investors who want to have political influence on the islands through takeovers of companies.

This remarkable warning can be read in the Integrated Foreign and Security Strategy that Kingdom Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs has sent to the House of Representatives today.

This includes the following passage: “Undesirable interference in and unwanted takeovers of vital processes such as telecom, energy and ports by foreign investors may damage national security and public order. This happens if they threaten the continuity of vital processes, lead to strategic dependence or affect the integrity of (secret) information.”

The distinction between economy and politics has become blurred in recent years, according to the report. “Economic instruments are more often used for political influence. This deployment also explicitly concerns the vital parts of the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom because of their small size, they are relatively vulnerable to regional instability, unwanted foreign acquisitions and trade distortions.”

It is known that mainly parties from China have dropped their eye on the Caribbean. For example, the now choked deal with GZE for taking over the Isla is still fresh in the memory. A Chinese group reported on Sint Maarten, which also promised mega-investments, but that was before Hurricane Irma.

 

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