Rhuggenaath optimistic regarding cooperation coalition partner PS
WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Economic Development Eugene Rhuggenaath indicated that he is hopeful about the possibility of a consensus, in the short term, with respect to a port concession for stevedore company Curaçao Port Services (CPS) for the container terminal. He said this after he gave a presentation on this topic during the meeting of the political leaders of the coalition.
“My intention to provide the coalition with the most current information on the situation of the draft concession between the Curaçao Port Authority (CPA) and the stevedoring company CPS, in order to stimulate a healthy debate, has been successful,” said the Minister, who looks back with satisfaction.
There was no consensus among the coalition parties on the newly negotiated draft concession between CPA and CPS. The PAIS party had declared last year that they support the policy of their (former) Minister of Economic Development, Stanley Palm where the aim was expressed to sign the newly negotiated concessions as soon as possible. This to end the monopoly and exclusiveness for the stevedoring company CPS.
PAIS hoped then also on the support of the coalition partners. The Pueblo Soberano (PS) party expressed the preference that the harbor cranes would remain in the possession of CPA. This in contrast to what is now formulated in the concept-concession. According to the PS this would ensure that a major investment by CPS for the purchase of new cranes would be unnecessary and the concession in the negotiated contract, in the draft set at 25 years, could be shorter.