Caribbean Business Hub hosted at Curaçao House

From left to right: Carla Aalse (director Carla Aalse en Partners), Germaine Hernandez-Croes (founder Caribbean Business Hub/owner NQ Cosmetics) and Alvin Obseri (CEO Obersi Group & Mindful).

THE HAGUE–A mixed company of entrepreneurs and investors attended a recent Caribbean Business Hub at Curaçao House, while enjoying Surinamese catering.

Corinne Hernandez-Croes, co-founder of Caribbean Business Hub, entrepreneur and creator of innovative projects, opened the evening with the theme “Tropical networking, Business Boost in Dutch Caribbean” and put the emphasis on the trading hub between the Netherlands and the pearls of the Caribbean.

Subsequently, plenipotentiary Minister Anthony Begina spoke of the opportunity the Kingdom of the Netherlands offers to cooperate and jointly achieve successes as the ABC Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) and SSS (St. Maarten, Statia and Saba) islands. Optimism and a positive attitude are important for this.

One of the new members, Sonja van Haasteren from Factor Plus BV, then introduced her company and explained briefly what factoring entails.

Keynote speaker was Gerard van den Tweel, Honorary Consul of Suriname and CEO of Van den Tweel Group, owner of many hotels and supermarkets in the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. Recently a Van den Tweel-Fernandes Store opened in Paramaribo.

   He built an empire through smart entrepreneurship, but the magnate also had some critical remarks about doing business in the former Netherlands Antilles. Unfortunately, the Caribbean Dream is not all roses and moonshine, but requires perseverance and good preparation.

The last speaker was Alvin Obersi, CEO of Obersi Group and Mindful Enterprise. He inspired those present by briefly explaining his vision for Bonaire, creating a new future for the island from the people themselves.

Obersi wants to put Bonaire on the international map, so that in the end every islander will benefit from it. Cooperation with all parties is important for this.

Lionel Martijn, secretary CBH, director and entrepreneur, closed the official part of the programme, after which there was time to continue networking.

Caribbean Business Hub is a business club for successful entrepreneurs and professionals in the Netherlands who have affinity with the Caribbean. Entrepreneurs and government agencies from the Caribbean can also become business partners.

Source: The Daily Herald