Curaçao was not in Panama to attend the Summit
WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Finance, Dr. Jose Jardim was in Panama, where he signed an aviation treaty. This was planned already. This means that Curaçao had no representation during the Summit of the Americas, where leaders of various nations of the world were present.
It was recently announced by the Vice-Prime Minister, Etienne van der Horst that Curaçao would not be present at the summit. Yesterday, the Independent MP, Glenn Sulvaran, who is the MP who appointed Jardim, published two photos on his Facebook page indicated that Curaçao did participate in the Americas Summit. This appeared to be not true.
The reason for Jardim’s presence in Panama was that the Kingdom of the Netherlands has signed aviation agreements with other countries. The Prime Ministers of the Netherlands and Aruba were also present to sign the agreement.
Minister Jardim is back in Curaçao, which also indicates that he was not there for the summit. Currently Jardim is also the Minister of Traffic, Transport and Communication after Earl Balborda resigned. This is why he was the one indicated to sign the agreement.
Thus, it is important to understand that Curaçao did not participate in the summit. There were various meetings for bilateral agreements in the same building as the summit and Curaçao was part of one of them.