DIMAS again in the headlines

The minister in charge of maneho di stranheria y integracion, management of foreigners and integration, again suspended the head of that department, Kathleen Ruiz-Paskel.

Not the first time, they already faced each other in court, Kathy won, was reinstated, now again, she was kicked out of her office.

Apparently, they have a difference of opinions, but what exactly is the issue, is unclear. Aruba is run by an opaque government.

Does Kathy want to lock the gates? Does the Minister want them wide open?

What we know is that we are on the cusp of hiring a great number of people to work in the new resorts, now under construction. These would be immigrants, that must be processed. How they are planning to do it, is the million dollar question.

In the past the chase after work permits was a great source of income for many including lawyers, agents and DIMAS, as the process was so cumbersome and confusing, go-betweens armed with checkbooks were helpful.

My sources says the over the years DIMAS improved. While in the past you were given a date, and a time, in which you could show up in person to be given a date and a time when you could start presenting your papers, you may now file the whole shebang on line.

But you can never get anyone on the phone for a question, and the 6-week waiting period always stretches much longer, and there is always a paper missing, and the negative advice wears everyone in HR down, and grinds the machine to a halt.

Yesterday, a sold out presentation of DIMAS filled the Hyatt Recency meeting rooms as Aruba’s HR community drank thirstily the gospel according to DIMAS, talking about their new and improved admission process.

But the weakest link, the Labor Department, is frozen in time, turning down all requests and providing poor alternatives to the professionals needed to run a first class hospitality business.

As usual, GOA is talking through both ends of its mouth, granting permits, and building, yet paying little to zero attention to workforce requirements. There is no sober, comprehensive look at the number of hands needed tomorrow and in turn no sober, comprehensive overview of the needs of these new people, who are willing to help us support and develop this mass-tourism economy.

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May 06, 2023
Rona Coster