FD targets Central Bank Director Emsley Tromp

WILLEMSTAD – Following its report about insurance company Ennia last Friday, the Financieele Dagblad (FD) struck one more time last Saturday with a report that targets the president of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten, Dr. Emsley Tromp. According to the FD, the Central Bank takes large financial risks under Tromp’s direction. The FD also scrutinized Tromp’s private finances. Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem intends to inquire at the Dutch National Bank about the situation at Ennia and the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten.

The FD reported Saturday that according to the International Monetary Fund the Central Bank loaned several years ago unusual large amounts of money to the port company in St. Maarten and to utilities company Aqualectra in Curacao. According to members of the bank’s supervisory board who initiated a lawsuit against the bank’s management, these loans were unlawful because the Central Bank is only allowed to loan money to banks and not to companies.

Tromp’s private finances also set off alarm bells at the FD. The newspaper reports the purchase of two apartments in Miami for $1.9 million; later these apartments were sold for $100 each to Asia Condominium LLC; Tromp is the director of this entity.

Central Bank Director Jarreld Hasselmeyer says that an external accountant has investigated the purchase of the two apartments. The accountant did not find anything that could be qualified as illegal or improper, Hasselmeyer told the FD.

Source: Today SXM FD targets Central Bank Director Emsley Tromp