Published On: Thu, Oct 11th, 2012

Crisis Curacao can affect Suriname

THE HAGUE - DWT Online reports that the political unrest on Curacao can also have negative effects on Suriname’s economy, particularly in tourism. Dutch-Surinamese entrepreneur Roy Ho Ten Soeng says political unrest can lead to fewer tourists visiting. He also points to the four weekly flights by SLM and Insel Air on the route Paramaribo-Curacao. “Fewer tourists mean fewer flights, and thus less foreign currency revenues for the country.

This situation demands a solution soon," says Ho Ten Soeng, who conducts mediation training courses on Curacao. The island has been going through a parliamentary crisis since August. Although new elections are scheduled for 19 October, there are doubts whether these will actually go ahead.

Surinamese

Ho Ten Soeng, who regularly visits Curacao, says the Surinamese community on Curacao has integrated well there in all segments of society.

The Surinamese will also feel the negative effects of a long political crisis, he says. The effects will be mainly economic, as Curacao is one of the islands in the Caribbean that depends on tourism. "And if the crisis is not solved soon, fewer tourists will visit the island, with all kinds of consequences for the economy."

Ho Ten Soeng hopes the elections will be held on 19 October, so the population can have say in how the island should be administered. He will not be in Curacao on election day, as he will leave for Suriname then on the annual orientation tour of the foundation Vriendschapsbanden Nederland-Suriname.-.

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