Heyliger, Shigemoto open talks with Schotte on division, share sale

POSTED: 06/15/11 12:39 PM

St. Maarten – Deputy Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger and Finance Minister Hiro Shigemoto have opened talks with Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte on the split up of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten and St. Maarten’s desire to sell its shares in companies that were owned by the Government of the Netherlands Antilles. The talks took place in Willemstad at Heyliger’s request.

In a brief reaction Heyliger said the meeting had gone, but declined to offer details as parties “need to finalize the issues first.”

He added, “We discussed Curacao’s ideas for moving forward separately. We also discussed the possibility of selling our present shares in former Central Government owned companies.”

The discussion on splitting up the Central Bank was prompted by the Curacao Parliament approving a motion on June 8 for the Government of Curacao to do everything it can to achieve a Central Bank for Curacao. The sale of shares dates back further and is a desire of the government of St. Maarten. Before the shares are sold, the government wants an independent report on their value.

 

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