Published On: Fri, Jan 4th, 2013

2013: a year of unpleasant choices

WILLEMSTAD – 2013 will not be an easy year but one with numerous unpleasant choices, Governor Adèle van der Pluijm-Vrede stated at the traditional New Year’s reception of the Governor of Curaçao. In her speech, Van der Pluijm-Vrede elaborated on the importance of a transparent Government that renders account to the people. There are challenges as regards public health, education, safety and economic & financial development, but also problems regarding the distance between citizens and the government and between citizens among themselves, which should be tackled, according to the interim-governor. As yet it is unknown how all of these issues are to be solved. The coalition agreement offers suggestions but these require further elaboration and crystallization, said the interim-governor. In addition to all of these problems, Van der Pluijm-Vrede also believes considerable attention should be given to restoring the confidence in the local politics.

In the year 2013 citizens will personally feel the impact of the painful measures to be taken by the Government. “Nevertheless, I am convinced there can be trust in the governing of the island and that this trust will only increase once the Government is to make the painful choices, which will have direct consequences for the citizens”, said the Governor.

In her speech, she mentioned painful choices, such as increasing the retirement age and introducing the basic medical insurance, the economies in or restructuring of the health sector, reforms in the educational field and choices to be made on subsidies and employing civil servants. “It comes down to the government having to demonstrate continuously that it makes conscious and necessary choices, but also that its choices are not abstract but that these have direct consequences for people, the employees and companies, for the entire community”, said Van der Pluijm-Vrede.

According to the Governor, much energy and daring is required in 2013 to solve problems correctly and to strengthen Curaçao and its economy in the long term.

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