MAN and MFK want emergency meeting on port concession
WILLEMSTAD – The opposing factions in parliament, MFK and MAN have requested an emergency meeting on the port concession with the stevedoring company Curaçao Port Services (CPS). The reason for the request of these two parties is the decision of the Council of Ministers last week to agree to a new port concession with a maturity of 20 years.
In their letter to the President of Parliament, the two factions expressed their concern about the draft concession. Their concern is mainly focused on the fact that the extension could mean that the CPS will keep its current monopoly in the port.
MAN MP Charles Cooper fiercely expressed this concern. According to Cooper, the Minister of Economic Development, Eugene Rhuggenaath is not telling parliament that the government will sign a 20 year concession, but at the same time he’s saying that the monopoly would come to an end. “During the Cabinet Schotte there was a proposal on the table for a 25 year concession. But this meant that the monopoly would end on day one of the concession. I want to know how it is now,” said Cooper.
Cooper, who was Minister of Traffic, Transportation and Spatial Planning during the Cabinet Schotte wants Rhuggenaath to explain when the monopoly will expire. “We must bring an end to CPS’ monopoly one day. This should happen on day one of the concession, otherwise we will be stuck again with them for 20 years.”
Rhuggenaath indicated that once the new concession becomes valid, the current concession, which is valid for five years, will be withdrawn. According to the Minister with this new concession there will be no monopoly in the present and future Curaçao harbors, as agreed in the old concession.