“I think it is important that the MPs hear from me about the situation in Aruba. The crisis in Venezuela has a huge impact on our island. With the limited capacity and resources, we try to cope with the impact of this crisis. I also informed the MPs about two other important aspects: public finances and integrity, two important spearheads of our Cabinet, "said the Premier.
In the meetings, the Premier gave an update on the financial situation of Aruba. “We are not out of trouble yet, but we have a plan and we have new agreements with the Netherlands, and we intend to stick to it. The impact of the Venezuela crisis on our public finances is huge and may well throw a spanner in the works, so the plans have to be adjusted, but a decision will be taken after the evaluation of the figures for the first half year”.
The prime minister has also provided an overview of the integrity process that is one of the most important spearheads for the Wever-Croes Cabinet to prevent corruption scandals. Wever-Croes cabinet has set up an ambitious integrity program, which includes the Integrity Office, Integrity Chamber, Corporate Governance Code and ratification of the UN anti-corruption convention.
OWN FINANCIAL SUPERVISION
Aruba is already preparing to replace the financial supervision imposed by the Netherlands (Aruba Financial Supervision College) with its own supervisory body (Budget Chamber). The Premier therefore also met in The Hague with the Court of Audit, which prepared a critical report on the financial supervision of CFT in the BES islands. "We want to learn from this so that the Aruban Budget Room functions well right away".
“The meetings in The Hague went well. There is more understanding for the position of Aruba. I think it is important that people in The Hague hear from me about the situation in Aruba, "said the Premier.