Fierce discussion between PAIS and MFK on economy
WILLEMSTAD – The treatment of a proposal to raise the rates for passports in parliament degenerated into a discussion about the current state of the economy on the island. MFK leader Gerrit Schotte noted that the economy is stagnant and that the government is unable to get it going again.
But the leader of the coalition party PAIS, Alex Rosaria argued that the opposition member ignores the reality which paints a different picture.
During his intervention Schotte called the increase, a measure of the government, which will punish the people again. “As citizens, we now have to pay 200 instead of 100 guilders for a new passport.”
He described this as another blow to the local citizens, especially when the economy is stagnant. Schotte also wondered why in Curaçao everything remains expensive, despite the strong decline in international fuel prices.
Rosaria however, clearly showed that he did not agree with Schotte.
“Our economy is still not where it should be. But it is not true that the economy is stagnant.”
According to the PAIS MP there are plenty of facts and figures that dispute the assertion of his fellow parliamentarian.
“The number of registrations of new businesses in the Chamber of Commerce last year rose by 4 percent. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the inflation rate was the lowest in the past four years. In the last year exports rose more than our imports. A record number of tourists visited the island last year. The figures prove the opposite of what my colleague has put forward.”