Published On: Mon, Feb 19th, 2018

Ferrier, Knops sign loan agreement

Knops-Ferrier-MarlinTHE HAGUE - Minister of Finance Michael Ferrier and Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops signed off Friday on a NAf. 50 million loan to stave off St. Maarten’s looming liquidity challenges brought on by Hurricane Irma.

The loan issued by the Dutch Government comes with zero interest for a term of 30 years, with 25 equal yearly payments of NAf. 2 million starting January 2023.

This arrangement puts St. Maarten in a much better position to deal with its financial obligations, especially post-Irma. Government’s income has taken a heavy hit, while expenditures have gone through the roof, according to Minister Ferrier.

Ferrier and Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin thanked the Dutch Government for the “favourable arrangement in these trying times,” according to a Government press statement.

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