The press representatives had the opportunity to post questions to the panel of professionals about the "Landspakket".
The panel consisted of Derrick Werleman, Desiree Croes, Omaira Lares, Angeline Thiel, George Croes, Adrienne Fraser, Maria Pita, Arlene Schipper, John Hessen, and Herman Fransen. The Prime Minister gave the opening speech in which she explained more about the "Landspakket".
At the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic, on November 13, 2020, the Government of Aruba signed a mutual arrangement with the Netherlands.
Landspakket included the conditions Aruba had to comply with to obtain financial aid. During this period, Aruba received 900 million florins under the condition that the government must implement some reforms to make Aruba stronger and more resilient to get out of the crisis.
The Landspakket is a package of reforms in 8 different areas:
- Theme A: Financial Management;
- Theme B: Expenses and affectivity of the public sector;
- Theme C: Taxes;
- Theme D: Financial Sector;
- Theme E: Economic Reforms;
- Theme F: Care;
- Theme G: Education;
- Theme H: The fortification of the rule of law.
These are the eight areas agreed upon with the Netherlands, which remained the same for each quarter. Each quarter, they agree on an agenda, since each area consists of different steps to reach the final objective. At the end of each quarter, they draft an execution report that tracks the progress and evaluates the compliance indicated with colors similar to traffic lights:
- Green - things are going well;
- yellow or orange entering into a dangerous slope;
- red - there is a problem.
In the beginning, Aruba was only on the green. However, as the work progressed and intensified, the professionals had to carry the load of the assignments and reached some areas that required improvement.
At the moment, there are 63 actions within the eight areas that are ongoing simultaneously.
The Prime Minister thanked the professionals who work tirelessly on the Landspakket in addition to their daily jobs. She also thanked the press members for their interest and for accepting the invitation to this informative session.
These are the eight areas agreed upon with the Netherlands, which remained the same for each quarter. Each quarter, they agree on an agenda. Each one consists of different steps to reach the final objective. At the end of each quarter, they draft an execution report. It tracks the progress and evaluates the compliance indicated with colors similar to traffic lights: