Published On: Wed, Aug 22nd, 2012

Resolution against chairman of the Board of Commissioners Central Bank

WILLEMSTAD — Renny Maduro, chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Central bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten (CBCS), is the subject of a resolution drawn up last Friday during a meeting of the Board of Commissioners on St. Maarten. Premier Sarah Wescot-Williams mentioned this Saturday during a press conference on the CBCS. The state of affairs indicates considerable discord within the supervisory organ of the Central Bank.

According to Wescot-Williams, the resolution states that Curaçao and St. Maarten are to ‘pay attention to, and where necessary, take measures with regard to the functioning of the chairman of the Board of Commissioners’. Chairman Maduro, just like his ‘fellow-commissioners from Curaçao’ Glenn Camelia and Lincoln James, wasn’t present at the meeting last Friday. The three commissioners from St. Maarten Robbie Ferron, Marciela Illidge and Jairo Bloem, and the by the court appointed temporary seventh member of the Board of Commissioners, Robert Pietersz, were present at the meeting though. Certain media reported that the resolution among other things regards the ‘too solo attitude’ of Maduro and that he assumes certain authorities ‘that aren’t assigned to him’.

Although Renny Maduro doesn’t wish to elaborate just yet on the resolution as regards contents, he states that Curaçao and St. Maarten are first to take a national decision on their wish to dismiss him. Only then is he to resign prematurely. For principle reasons the three mentioned commissioners hadn’t attended the meeting last Friday. “It regards the existing dissension. It’s a fundamental matter. For principle reasons we don’t communicate with the president (Emsley Tromp, (editorial office)) because of indications that he acted incorrectly. That’s why we requested the integrity test.” Tromp and two other statutory directors of the CBCS were also present at the meeting. Maduro, Camelia and James had suggested postponing the meeting until August 31st.


On Wescot-Williams’ remark last week that the inquiry into Tromp is supposedly suggestive, Maduro replied several open questions were forwarded to Tromp. “Open questions aren’t necessarily suggestive.” He also wonders why someone hadn’t indicated earlier that the questions were suggestive so they could be rephrased. “What was reported on Tromp in the media conveys a perception. This requires verification”, said Maduro. “If this reveals he’s honest, we can conclude that the reports in the media don’t ring true.”

Maduro finds it less important that information on the subjects discussed during the meeting on St. Maarten were leaked in the media. He finds it more important that it’s confirmed that Wescot-Williams gave instructions to the members of the Board of Commissioners. On the leak itself Maduro said that in the past the Curaçao members of the Board of Commissioners were tackled about this as if they had forwarded information of meetings to the press. “Although we weren’t present at the meeting, certain media received information. I will respond to the previous letter from member of the Board of Commissioners Robert Pietersz on this matter. In his letter to me, he queried the role of the Curaçao members of the Board of Commissioners leaking information.”

The governments of Curaçao and St. Maarten will meet again on August 27th to continue their discussion on the CBCS. St. Maarten is then to give their opinion on the arisen breach of confidence between Emsley Tromp and the government of Curaçao. Both countries agreed last Saturday on an operational audit into the functioning of the Central Bank.

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