Crawling out of the Hole

Last evening, at the nightly press conference, I heard the MinPres repeating the word sacrifice, reiterating it was meant for everyone. Then I heard the phrase NEW sustainable economic model, good for the island, and good for the environment. Wow, I almost fell off my chair, that was fabulous.

But one of my friends blew my balloon stating that she has said that before. Same old. We now need action, not words, he added.

True. It’s been one month of no action, and at the end of the day, we only have one-decision maker who is not making any decisions. Of course, it is politically-correct and democratic to say that you take decisions consulting your team, but as a servant-leader the MinPres is at the bottom of our pyramid, carrying our weight and serving us all, the final decision-maker.

Please make some decisions. Economic ones.

And if you can’t, and wouldn’t, step aside to make room for a business cabinet. We will respect that, we still love you for your excellent leadership in handling the medical aspect of the pandemic, we will forever be grateful.


It’s time to think about our economy and looking at Curacao, they followed advice and were approved for 180 million florins over the next 6 weeks, supporting employers to pay their employees and conserving the holy bond between work-giver and worker.

Aruba’s renegade approach of doing our own thing, encourages people to distance themselves from their workplace, breaking down our economic infrastructure.

So please, do what the private sector and the kingdom asks you to do.

You ran Belastingkantoor and your own office, you know something about the REAL WORLD.

The real world is in BIG trouble. Even BIG companies are in danger of collapsing, even ELMAR and WEB are under threat of extinction.

The island’s livelihood will be wiped out IF you do not support business, which in turn supports employees, who will pay AZV and Elmar and Web, and maintain the economy running, on a smaller scale, but running.

We will have thousands of bankruptcies if you do not act now. (More about bankruptcy options, tomorrow.)

So step up to the plate to implement the BES strategies, paying employees 80% or even 60% of their salaries via SVB, with funds that the Dutch will make available, because you presented them with a well-thought-out, kick-ass plan.

Curacao came up with a good program and was granted assistance, that makes sense.

Last week I told you the former MinInfra took it upon himself to host a series of Zoom town hall meetings, with 40 local movers and shakers. He will be sharing a document today or tomorrow based on those conversations, and his findings, will express the fears and hopes of our business community, disappointed by GOA’s economic paralysis.

I hope the document is read and discussed, then the MinPres can take action knowing what her constituents want.

Aruba post CoVid19? We must be nationally dedicated to rebuild our economy with sustainability in mind, no more waste, in all aspects of government, health, food production and consumption, water use and production, energy use and production, education, governance, sanitation, environmental practices, agriculture and industry. If we created a NEW sustainable economic model, trim and lean, using our resources wisely, we have a chance of crawling out of the hole, breathing.


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April 14, 2020
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