Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014

VBC: ‘Professionalize the government’

Government centerWILLEMSTAD - The VBC (Curaçao Business Association) makes a call to professionalize the government. According to the organization the government is not optimal, because the civil service is too large. At the same time critical positions are not manned properly.

“All the researches which have been carried out in the past 25 years on the investment climate of Curacao indicates that the bureaucracy, the (dys) functioning and the (moderate) quality of the public apparatus form the biggest obstacles which affects the climate negatively. In addition, the government imposes a substantial burden on the budget, which translates into more taxes. This also translates into a high cost of doing business, which is the second major bottleneck that stands in the way of an attractive investment climate," the association indicates.

Several ministers have tried to map this problem for some time now. The Minister for Policy, Planning and Service, Etienne van der Horst spoke on this topic last October. Former Interim Prime Minister Stanley Betrian called the end of 2012, one of the biggest problems of the island. The Governor of Curaçao, Lucille George Wout, talked about this in her New Year's speech.

The VBC is worried about the poor performance of the government. The constitutional change on October 10, 2010 offered an opportunity but has failed completely. The organization advocates for depoliticisation model just like Singapore, Azerbaijan and Barbados. These countries professionalized their government. “Patronage, one of the root causes that lead to dysfunction of the government apparatus, can be replaced by independence, expertise and professionalism,” the association said.

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