Published On: Tue, Feb 18th, 2014

Taxes not yet reimbursed to CTEX

anthony_de_limaWILLEMSTAD – The government has not yet reimbursed the taxes claimed by the Curacao Technology Exchange (CTEX). In October, Minister of Economic Development Stanley Palm promised pay back retroactively 2.9 million guilders to the company. It was then decided in the Council of Ministers by a majority of votes.


It took CTEX six months to get the status of E-Zone and is still running the process to get the tax money back. This is according to CTEX CEO, Anthony de Lima in the media. He has recently been in contact with Palm, but “it needs to run its course, so we'll wait.”

Elmer Wilsoe

Pueblo Soberano (PS) MP, Elmer Wise did not concur with the repayment, since CTEX was not under the E-Zone supervision and regulation and therefore not entitled to a refund of the nearly three million guilders. The ministers of the PS party have, according to Wilsoe, voted against this decision in the Council of Ministers. "CTEX wants the government to grant them the status of E-Zone, while the area where they are located (Mahuma) is only named as E-Zone in June this year," Wilsoe indicated.


De Lima says nothing about what has been said in politics, but indicated that at that time CTEX was confident that the government would keep their word, since the company invested with the promise of repayment of taxes.

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