Published On: Fri, Nov 18th, 2016

MFK: “PS-PAR-PAIS, PNP and MAN (in silence) are binding Curaçao to a 40-year deal in all secrecy”

WILLEMSTAD – According to the opposition party MFK, the political parties PS, PAR, PAIS, PNP, and MAN (in silence) are binding Curaçao to a 40-year deal today in all secrecy. This is all taking place behind closed doors during the weekly Council of Ministers.

“Curaçao will be sold by a caretaker government without any type of transparency putting political interest before the national interest,” said Gerrit Schotte, leader of the MKF party in a press release.

According to Schotte, he received the contract that the caretaker government headed by Prime Minister Dr. Bernhard Whiteman is supposed to sign. The contract is between the government of Curaçao and the Chinese company Guangdong Zhenrong (GZE). The government already signed a MoU with the Chinese company on September 15 of this year.

Schotte indicated in his press release that these negotiations cannot take place in such a hurry. “It’s a caretaker government that is going to basically sell our patrimony with a Chinese company for 40 years.”

Schott points out that the contract that will be signed today describes what the Chinese company wants. These points are a contract for a period of 40 years, tax exemption, and cooperation from the Ministry of Labor to import employees, delivery of LNG gas, and other contracts the Chinese company has to sign with local companies like Curoil, Aqualectra, Selikor, CPA and Curaçao Towing Company.

“This means that for 40 years, Curaçao will be completely in the hands of a Chinese company.”

Schotte also points out that according to a preliminary analysis he cannot find anywhere what the benefits are for Curaçao. “Apparently after signing the contract, then the parties will negotiate the interests of Curaçao in this whole scenario. This will take place after we have lost our patrimony.”

The contract also mentions the Venezuela State Oil Company (PDVSA) as a possible partner of the Chinese company. “Irony of it all is that at the end of the contract, the public company Refineria di Korsou (RdK) advises the Chinese company to form a strategic alliance with PDVSA to create synergy to manage the refinery. This is because PDVSA has experience managing the refinery.”

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