Published On: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2013

Curacao as hub to Latin America

Marvelyne WielsTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - It is well known that Latin America is economically very strongly in recent years.

The government of Curaçao endorses these developments. Curaçao, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is in fact well equipped to serve as a springboard to the region. During the business meeting SPOC on October 23rd at the Chamber of Commerce in Rotterdam, entrepreneurs from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany were given an insight into the opportunities that exist to do business with Latin America or the Caribbean through via Curaçao, The Minister Plenipotentiary of Curaçao, Mrs. Marvelyne Wiels, was also invited and she opened the meeting with a speech.

In her speech, the Minister mentioned the announcement of the International Monetary Fund, in May this year, the growth in Latin America and the Caribbean will accelerate to 3.5 percent in 2013 as opposed to 3 percent in 2012. This is due to a strong demand from abroad, advantageous financial conditions and the effect of a policy easing in certain Latin American countries.

The Minister also mentioned the World Bank report called "Shifting Gears towards Accelerating Prosperity in Latin America and the Caribbean” published this in June year, in which is established that for the first time in history more people in Latin America are in the middle than in the lower class.

The Minister indicated that the Curaçao government knows how to utilize the opportunities in Latin America. To name one example: The Curaçao Ministers of Finance, Jose Jardim and the Minister for Economic Development, Palm Stanley have recently signed letters of intent with various Brazilian companies to work towards sustainable forms of cooperation. The signing took place on the same day the establishment of a joint Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Curacao was formalized.

Finally Wiels said that shared prosperity is often subject to diplomacy. We are currently working hard on the diplomatic ties with the Latin American region

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