Published On: Tue, Feb 24th, 2015

Navarro: “More than 180 cameras for Curaçao”

Nelson NavarroWILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro, during a press conference in Fort Amsterdam, provided more information on the project Closed-circuit television (CCTV) on the island.

The course of this project has been strongly criticized by the political party Pueblo Soberano, in the person of Member of Parliament, Melvin 'Mac' Cijntje. In his opinion, the whole process has been done against the principles of good governance.

Cijntje indicated that there is only one offer on the table and this is not possible. The government should hold a public tender, the MP said. “To stop the project now is also not an option. A so-called private contract is also possible, before the CCTV is implemented.”

Cijntje questions the amount that will be spent in this project, namely 6.2 million guilders, while no information on the technical aspects of this is available at all.

The Minister indicated that this was offered as a gift from the Chinese government. The project was supposed to be for free in exchange for a so called showcase. Curaçao would become the showcase for further projects. The government then indicated that they don’t want to accept any gifts.

The ministers, including the Minister of Finance, Dr. José Jardim did not believe this to be a good idea, considering the fact of "quid pro quo" and that it is the Chinese government, not the American or Dutch government, which the government officially cooperates with.

In connection with the negotiations that were already in progress, Minister Navarro was allowed from Minister Jardim to deviate from the normal procedure, namely to hold a public tendering.

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