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oil refinery flaring
By Edition On Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Close the refinery, it’s enough!

Curaçao has approximately 52,000 employees. Approximately 2,000 of them find employment as long as the refinery is maintained. There are also 30,000 unemployed. 20,000 families live / work under the smoke of the More...

St. Croix refinery
By Edition On Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Economic and policy Insight: ‘Possible implications of the restart of the St Croix refinery for the Caribbean’

In a marathon meeting that started last Wednesday and ended past midnight Thursday, the Senate of the USVI, voted in favor of a proposal to restart the refinery. Owners of the idled oil refinery in St. Croix, U.S. More...

Arthur Donker
By Edition On Monday, July 30th, 2018

Curaçao, what it could have been

I have been working in our tourism industry for close to 50 years and have seen a lot, heard a lot and have experienced a lot. I have met some very good people that tried to push our tourism with all they got and More...

InselAir MDI
By Edition On Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Economic Insight: Looking at efforts the find a strategic partner for Insel Air in a wider context

Curacao, the Caribbean for that matter, is heavily reliant on tourism for its economic health. The vast majority of tourists arriving travel by air. Supporting air connectivity is therefore a vote for a prosperous More...

By Edition On Monday, July 23rd, 2018

A historic betrayal of the Antillean peoples

Hon. Mr. Eugene Rhuggenaath Prime Minister of Curacao Fort Amsterdam Curacao July 17, 2018 Subject: Meetings with Secretary-General and Security Council of the United Nations- a historic betrayal of the Antillean More...

By Edition On Friday, July 20th, 2018

US Ambassador

The newspapers of Tuesday, July 17, headlined that Pete Hoekstra, the US ambassador in The Hague, had a meeting with mr. Rhuggenaath. We are talking about the same Pete Hoekstra who stated in 2015 that the 'Islamic More...

SXM_Ronald van Raak
By Edition On Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

The abandoned yachts on St. Maarten

Ten months after the disaster with Hurricane Irma, St. Maarten is still in ruins. Between the rubble of broken houses, roads and cars, lay expensive yachts that have been thrown onto the land by the hurricane and More...

By Edition On Monday, July 16th, 2018

Caribbean aviation taxes may cause economic strangulation

If an airport in the Caribbean wishes to be an international hub, or even a regional hub, it is probably well advised to drop departure taxes and other passenger taxes. Passenger taxation is ‘swamp taxation’ More...

By Edition On Thursday, July 12th, 2018

The big To-Do about failing Caribbean airlift

In past three weeks, politicians and industry leaders at a number of summits in the Caribbean have expressed the urgent need for better air connections and more reasonable prices. Sorry folks. That’s an old hat More...

By Edition On Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

GZE is gone, questions linger

Debt-ridden Guangdong Zhenrong Energy (GZE) faces the possibility of completely disappearing from the map or getting absorbed by another Chinese state-owned enterprise (SOE). This, as a result of a thorough overhaul More...