Prime Minister: “We will not tolerate civil servants who stand in the way of progress!”
“There will be consequences”
WILLEMSTAD – “There is an enormous bureaucracy in the public apparatus. The Government makes a decision, but the implementation of these laws is something that is really troublesome,” said the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Ivar Asjes during the weekly press conference of the Council of Ministers.
The Council of Ministers has deliberated this week on this topic. Various Ministers proposed ways on how to set priorities and make sure that the task force that monitors these projects and investments can penetrate this bureaucracy and demand information and progress. This task force will also report to the Council of Ministers.
“There will be consequences for those civil servants, who stand in the way of progress, either because they don’t do their work or simply because they are boycotting the project,” said the Prime Minister.
This week the Central Bureau of Statistics published their report, which showed that the economy shrunk in 2014. According to the Prime Minister the civil servants are, in part, to blame. “They need to move faster to achieve more progress for the economy!”
The Prime Minister explained the case of a second pharmacy for Bandabou (western side of the island), which is a good example of how progress is being obstructed by civil servants. Minister Whiteman of Public Health indicated to his advisors that they need to accelerate this process and they didn’t. The Minister then made a decision on his own and things have been moving forward now. The Prime Minister also said that the action taken by the people of Bandabou was not the fault of Minister Whiteman, but of the civil servants that are supposed to advise him on this matter.
“It’s the same with private investment projects. The government has already dealt with all the permits for these projects. It’s the execution that is the problem right now. The civil servants that need to process these. Look at the Courtyard Marriott in Otrabanda for example. The government has done everything to get this project going.”
“Another project is the investment of 4 million guilders in the university. The government has already done its part. But it is not moving because of the bureaucracy,” said the Prime Minister.