Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2013

Jesus-Leito: ‘We have to approach Venezuela through our position in the Kingdom’

PAR factionWILLEMSTAD – The PAR faction in Parliament has also requested the meeting to find out what the Government’s opinion is on the future of the Isla Refinery in our community. For many years, different Government coalitions have tried to meet with the Government of Venezuela to extend the contract with PDVSA which expires in 2019. But this was to no avail.

PAR wants to maintain the refinery for Curacao seeing the magnitude of its contribution to the economy of the islands. This contribution is calculated at about 400 million guilders a year. The refinery also provides jobs for 5000 people directly and indirectly. Thus it is extremely important to get clarity on the future of the refinery on short term.

‘We cannot allow this uncertainty to continue. Our faction is of the opinion that the recently signd MoU between our Kingdom and Venezuela to strengthen commercial ties and to reach solid results which can be beneficial to both countries. This is a golden opportunity for our Government to make use of our position in the Kingdom and to use this MoU as our door of entry to negotiate with the Venezuelan Government on the future of the oil refinery in Curacao,” according to Zita Jesus-Leito of the PAR faction.

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