Ok, we have a policy regarding COVID-19. It looked like they all took the weekend off, then on Saturday evening a document came, as a pro-active strategy: We continue to monitor…we have no cases of Coronavirus here…we are not applying entry restrictions… everyone is welcome…all airlines have been told to submit a list in advance (!?) of passengers who traveled to China, South Korea, Japan, Iran or Italy within the last 14 days….Airlines are supposed to notify the Immigration Department BEFORE these red herrings land….then there are screening protocols….even if screened prior to landing here, red flags will be screened again….these visitors will have to answer a questionnaire….also those suspected of fever, coughing, shortness of breath….then the Department of Public Health will decided if to quarantine or isolate.
We have a policy now; we can tell travel partners about it.
Of course, enforcement and follow-up may be sketchy.
This weekend a family of SIX coming from Afghanistan, managed to get off the Aviana flight, go through immigration, without a VISA, to claim asylum in Aruba. How did they get through immigration, and Customs with their luggage, and a baby??
And how did the story leak with great detail??
Someone in the know, told 24Ora about this Immigration snafu. Asleep at the helm.
And now to RDA
We were shown a picture, depicting the handing of the key over. RDA reverts back to Aruba, it said. The press release and the statement from the MinPres included NO NAMES. The release also talked about a new company, TDEA. Who were the people in the picture, I asked? What does TDEA stand for? Something with Terminal?! Why don’t you send out the complete info??
Friend 1: IMHO, in my humble opinion, what it means: (i) By creating a dochteronderneming / subsidiary for the oil terminal (wise move), the oil terminal can be negotiated separately, repeat separately from the refinery; (ii) frankly, Rona, there is not much “refinery” left, so it will be extremely difficult to find a candidate to invest zillions to resuscitate the “refinery”; (iii) however RdA of course is very attractive real estate, and the scrap iron potential is valuable; (iv) in conclusion: I think Aruba’s negotiating committee knows very well what they are doing, they are probably also being advised by world class experts, that is how it should be! They will be listing RDA internationally, as a bride looking for a groom, a buyer/operator. Perhaps they already have one lined up in the bullpen.
Friend 2. Ok…so the Texan is Joe Crawford Interim VP & GM of Citgo Aruba, he is handing the key back to Arends, RdA President. We assume that RdA formed a subsidiary, TDEA, in order to operate the Terminal on its own without outside investment. Meaning GoA/RdA must have no serious investor/company interested in running the refinery or the terminal. I would like to know who those “world class experts” are who advised Aruba to terminate the Citgo agreement for ZERO dollars? I believe GOA/RdA was bamboozled into believing that the refinery is in such poor condition that they had no choice but to let Citgo out of the agreement in order to get the Terminal. If such “world class experts” believe the refinery has no value other than scrap metal, they do not know the technical aspects and present condition of the Aruba refinery and only see it from afar as a ball of rust.