Voices from Curacao

One of my readers sent me a sound bite from radio 90.3FM in Curacao elaborating on the difference between the Aruba government and the government of Curacao regarding COHO, the upcoming body of supervision and the Dutch loan conditions.

At recent elections on Curacao a certain party won 27% of the vote and as such was entrusted with the task of putting the coalition together.

The party platform promised the renegotiation of the Dutch loan agreement, and apparently that pipe dream found an audience, landing MFK at the top, with 9 parliamentary seats of 21, with leader Gilmar Pisas, at the helm.

The colorful 90.3fm radio personality praised the Aruba MinPres for her handling of the issue and criticized the way Curacao goes about it, seeking alternatives, arguing with the inevitable. It was very interesting to hear what the criollo opposition says, on our sister island.

MFK leader Gilmar Pisas came on vacation last weekend to Aruba on a private family visit to reportedly rest from the election campaign.

A curacao media outlet created the first diplomatic incident between the islands by claiming the Aruba MinPres did not make time to Gilmer which the later vehemently denied, stating her door is always open.

While the governments of all islands in the Dutch kingdom are supposed to be working on the execution of the plan attached to the liquidity loan for the third quarter, which will be finalized for Aruba in June, the process, if you remember, requires the development of the two Kingdom laws, for COHO and RAFT, and is a lengthy one.

The Aruba MinPres announced last week that the arguing with the inevitable in Curacao and St Maarten, as the conflict between the island governments and The Netherlands plays out in correspondence across the pond, are unrelated to the process in Aruba. Aruba continues to negotiate with The Netherlands to reach agreements and understands that we need assistance from them. We continue to sit at the table, says MinPres, never leaving the negotiations, and when the time comes to pay some of those loans back, Aruba will attempt to renegotiate the terms, recognizing its responsibilities, starting April 2022.

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May 27, 2021
Rona Coster