PAR faction requests urgent meeting

POSTED: 06/1/11 12:12 PM

Sources: Kingdom Council of Ministers discuss Central Bank developments today

THE HAGUE/WILLEMSTAD\GREAT BAY – The very public row between the President of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten Emsley Tromp and the Schotte cabinet may be on the agenda of today’s meeting of the Kingdom Council of Ministers. That news comes as the PAR faction in Parliament has requested a public meeting for the Finance Minister George “Jorge” Jamaloodin to meet parliament on the functioning of the Central Bank and the role of the Minister of Finance therein.
Kingdom Council of Ministers
A spokesman for the Dutch Ministry of General Affairs confirms that the Kingdom Council of Ministers shifted their meeting to Wednesday because of the observance of Ascension Day on Thursday. The spokesman says he is not sure what is on the agenda, but sources suggest that the the situation at the Central Bank will be discussed.
“That might even be the first major agenda point,” the source said.
It is uncertain whether Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte, who is on working visit in the Netherlands, will be present at the meeting. A special session begins at 12:30 and the regular meeting is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.
PAR’s request
The PAR faction says it wants a meeting on the Central Bank as soon as possible. The party’s faction leader Pedro Atacho states that parliament cannot passively stand by and watch.
“The joint Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten is not currently functioning due to lack of leadership from the government. This is a worrying situation and the Parliament cannot continue to passively watch the financial, monetary and economic conditions hang on bad government policies. The Minister of Finance is responsible for the joint Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten, and he is accountable to the people,” Atacho said.
Cheap Politics
Jamaloodin is surprised at the request and while he claims to respect the fact that MPS want a meeting, he’s questioned the motives behind the request.
“It was under the leadership of the PAR that the final declaration was signed with the Netherlands. So they know exactly how this thing works. What they are doing is nothing but cheap politics,” Jamaloodin said.
He added, “They agreed to a joint Central Bank. All this in exchange for money from the Netherlands and we are now forced into a partnership with St. Maarten. We contribute with two thirds of the Central Bank, but we have three of the six commissioners and we share a common chairman. This division is at the heart of our problems. We were ready with our board nominations in January. All these months we had to wait for St. Maarten. It’s all because of the deal the PAR made.”
According to the minister, the meeting will be convened on the basis of questionable information especially since it was requested after statements by Tromp. He also pointed out that strong doubts have arisen over Tromp’s statements.
“He has said things about me and the witnesses who are cited by him are contradicting what he said.”

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