Government program

The Governing Body is behind on lots of issues in their own government program. The BC has not managed to present the document ‘Perception for the Land Curacao’ on July 2. The government program is still assuming that the new status of the Land Curacao is going to be realized this year.

The government program is from late last year. It was drawn up in September and approved by the BC. The action items in the document are further elaborated per policy sector. The objectives, means, and target dates are indicated per subject and per sector. A first analysis shows however that many of the items are already out of date, while others are behind schedule.

Striving for realizing an autonomous Curacao by December is central in the document. Much attention is paid in the program to the work that must lead to an autonomous island. The document ‘Perception for the Land Curacao’ plays an important part in this process.

Concrete objections and the position of the island in the world qua geo-politics and economically must be described clearly in the perception document. According to the government program, the document had to be ready in April or May of this year. The program also mentions an extensive media campaign to present the document to the nation and afterwards include the suggestions from the society in the perception document.

The final version of the document was supposed to be officially presented during a national summit talks on Dia di Bandera and presented to the people afterwards. But the presentation never took place. The costs of this project are 70.000 guilders.

DELAY
The perception program is just one of the projects that are delayed. The government program also includes that the Island Council would ratify the National Ordinance Care Institutions in 2007; also the Island Ordinance Elderly Homes would be approved, which didn’t happen.

DEBT PROBLEM
The program also mentions the ‘solving of the national debt problem’, which had to start at the end of 2007, referring to the final declaration and other agreements, and the College financial supervision becoming operational. The Island Council approved the AMvRB Financial Supervision that regulated the Cft for Curacao, St. Maarten, and the Land in June of this year. It’s not known yet when the AMvRB will be introduced. The debt restructuring won’t take effect till next year, according to the BC.

(Source: National Newspaper Amigoe)

July 12, 2008

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