Published On: Thu, Dec 20th, 2012

Curaçao and the Netherlands Commit to Economic Cooperation

THE HAGUE – During a meeting between interim Prime Minister Stanley Betrian of Curaçao and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte the two countries decided to commit to renewing economic cooperation. The cooperation is aimed at promoting economic development in both countries of the Kingdom.

The two prime ministers agreed that each of the Kingdom partners will do its utmost to generate more understanding of the economic policy of the Curaçao government and the time that is needed to improve economic conditions there.

Other topics discussed during deliberations included the functioning of the joint Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS).

Prime Minister Betrian emphasized that it is in the interests of the Kingdom that the controversy surrounding the CBCS is to be resolved quickly.

Sentiment Echoed

The new sentiment was echoed by Gerard van der Wulp, the Representative for the Netherlands in Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, in a speech during a Year’s End reception.

Mr. Van der Wulp, explained that the emphasis is on cooperation. "The new political situation in the countries calls for a maturing of the bilateral relations between Curaçao and the Netherlands, and within the Kingdom." “The meetings between Betrain and Rutte were carried out in a positive atmosphere, a sentiment that was absent in recent years. Let us now go on to build on that." said the representative.

As agreed earlier on, the Dutch aid delivered to Curaçao and St. Maarten will be phased out, but not before all Dutch commitments are fulfilled up to the last euro, says Van der Wulp. Funding for the Coast Guard, Investigation Cooperation Team (RST) and support of the legal system will amount to 63 million Euros in the years ahead.

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