Published On: Tue, Jan 8th, 2013

Premier Hodge to Dutch MP’s: We must restore confidence

WILLEMSTAD — There is apathy in the Netherlands at this moment against everything that regards Curaçao. We must reverse this; restore the confidence. This was the main message from Premier Daniel Hodge (PS) during a meeting with a delegation of the First Chamber that is currently visiting the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. Hodge described the meeting as very positive and believes the Dutch parliamentarians also had a ‘good feeling’ afterwards. “We talked about our plans for the coming three to six months. In principle, we will focus on three points. First, the social part. We will do our best to ensure that the financially weak in the society do not become the victim of the necessary austerity measures.”

The new transitional Government also believes it’s important to breathe new life into the local economy. “We want to encourage more investments. Our aim is to bring the prognosticated economic decline of 2 percent, as planned for this year, down to zero percent, and strive for an economic growth.” Hodge also pointed out that the aim of the current Government is to reorganize the island’s finances.

In the meeting Hodge also asked the Dutch MP's to which extent they could help Curaçao. According to the PS-Premier, the First Chamber delegation stated there is apathy against everything that regards Curaçao. It is up to Curaçao to restore the confidence. Hodge broke a lance this morning for collaboration as regards the economy, which could be in the interest of all parties concerned

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