Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2013

Premier Asjes reports on his visit to the Netherlands

Premier AsjesWILLEMSTAD - Premier Ivar Asjes gave a press conference this afternoon in Fort Amsterdam in which he gave a full report on his recent visit to the Netherlands. Asjes’ visit began on August 26 of this year and ended on August 31. This was his first official visit as a Prime Minister to the European part of the Kingdom.

In his report, the Premier says that the Coalition Agreement 2012 - 2016, which forms the basis for the policy of the Cabinet Asjes, places strong emphasis on achieving well-being and prosperity for the Curaçao population. In this context, the Government is committed to a constructive relationship with the Netherlands and the other Kingdom partners, but also with countries in the region and the rest of the world. This concerns particularly to strengthen the economic relations on a 'win-win' basis for Curaçao to act as a logistics hub between Europe and Latin America. The Prime Minister explained that this vision was one of the reasons for his visit to the Netherlands in August.

Together with a delegation the Prime Minister visited various Dutch Ministers including Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk . During this visit Premier Asjes signed an agreement with Minister Plasterk  for continued cooperation between Curaçao and the Netherlands.

Preparations for the visit of the Premier were mainly coordinated by the Office of the Minister Plenipotentiary of Curacao in The Hague under the leadership of Minister Plenipotentiary, Ms. Marvelyne Wiels. A substantial contribution to the visit was done in Willemstad by the Ministry of General Affairs, the Department of Legislative and Legal Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs.


The delegation consisted of Asjes;

- Tara Asjes-Prince MSA, policy advisor to the Prime Minister;

- Norberto V. Ribeiro, Sector Director of the Ministry of General Affairs;

- Ann Great Philipps, acting director of the Foreign Affairs

- Theo Caris, Senior Lawyer of the Department for Legislation and Legal Affairs.

- In the Netherlands, the delegation was supplemented by the minister plenipotentiary of Curaçao, Marvelyne Wiels.


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