Former Cft Chairman passes away

POSTED: 09/12/11 12:07 PM

WILLEMSTAD/GREAT BAY – Former Chairman of the Board of financial supervision (College financieel toezicht – Cft), Professor drs Hans Weitenberg died last Friday September after a short period of illness. Weitenberg died peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. He’d resigned as Cft Chairman a week earlier and will be buried coming Friday at his home town Noordwijk aan Zee.

Weitenberg, born in 1939 in Workum, Friesland, was an authoritative expert of public finance. He studied general economics at the University of Tilburg and spent twenty years at the Central Planning Bureau. Weitenberg was respected and appreciated across the Kingdom, predominantly because of his strong involvement with the islands. His first visit to the six islands of the former Netherlands Antilles took place in the late seventies as member of a team established by the former Dutch Finance Minister Fons van der Stee. The group was charged with record of the problems in the relationship between the Netherlands and the Antilles. He was also member of a Kingdom Committee in charge of the preparations for Aruba to become an autonomous country. The late Boelie van Leeuwen praised Weitenberg in his book “Geniale Anarchie” for his matter-of-fact way of presenting financial facts.

Weitenberg became Cft Chairman in 2007. At that time the Cft covered Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. St. Maarten and Curacao began falling under the organization in 2010. When the Netherlands Antilles broke up on October 10, 2010 Weitenberg became Chair of the Cft BES and Cft St. Maarten and Curacao.

“Professor Weitenberg managed to build up Cft to an authoritative institution. Weitenberg had a natural predominance and an amiable personality, which always brought tranquility, especially in the occasional tense situation, or when delicate matters had to be dealt with. His integrity and fairness made him an unquestioned person for all parties in the Kingdom. This eased the way for Cft to develop into a completely independent institute that stands above all parties,” the Cft stated in a release on Sunday.

Cft Curaçao and St. Maarten now consist of Margo Vliegenthart as member upon proposal of the Netherlands and Alberto Romero upon proposal of Curaçao. Richard Gibson has been postulated at the Queen as member for St. Maarten. For the Cft which is responsible for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Max Pandt is member upon proposal of the BES islands, alongside Vliegenthart. The Kingdom Council of Ministers shall decide shortly on a new Cft president.

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