On Thursday September 15th the World Bank and the Government of Curaçao signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) focused on strengthen the relations and promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise in areas of mutual interest. The Country Director for the Caribbean at the World Bank Ms. Sophie Sirtaine came to Curaçao for the official signing ceremony. The Government of Curaçao was represented by the Minister Economic Development.
The Minister of Finance was also involved in the process to get to this MoU. Both ministers were happy this MoU was signed as it is an expression of Curaçao’s desire to establish meaningful working relationships with strategic international partners in support of Curaçao’s long term sustainable development goals.
The Netherlands Minister for Development Aid and International Trade, Lilianne Ploumen, pledged an additional 16 million euros to fight the Ebola outbreak in West-Africa. This is in addition to the 18 million pledged earlier, and the use of the Dutch navy frigate Karel Doorman. Additionally, the customs regulations will be streamlined to ensure that aid deliveries will be efficient: “The quicker we can tackle the Ebola outbreak at the source, the better it is for the world. Each dollar we spend now, is a savings in the long run.”
Read the full article, in Dutch, here: http://www.volkskrant.nl/binnenland/nederland-maakt-zestien-miljoen-extra-vrij-tegen-ebola~a3765076/