Published On: Thu, Jan 24th, 2013

Rosaria: ‘First contents then structure’

WILLEMSTAD – The contents come first followed by the structure of the Kingdom; this is the correct order according to leader of the parliamentary party Pais, Alex Rosaria, who spoke with Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk on the relation between Curaçao and the Netherlands. Rosaria believes we must first determine how we want to position our country in the world and then talk about the structure. This positioning is to focus on existing economic opportunities in the international trade, according to Rosaria. “With this we must realize that 75 percent of our trade is with the Western hemisphere. We must also realize there will be fewer agreements with Curaçao owing to a stronger trade policy between Brussels and the Netherlands.”

And yet, despite these developments both countries must dare to expand the collaboration. “In other words, make better use of the Kingdom embassies and networks in the world to increase our export possibilities; more support from the Netherlands for our important aspects within the institutions, such as the World Trade Organization.” On the other hand Curaçao must play an important role as bridge for Dutch trade to South America.

Rosaria believed they had a positive conversation as regards contents and that this conversation will probably be continued in March.

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