Curaçao request for new advice on COHO denied | THE DAILY HERALD

Photo: Raymond Knops

WILLEMSTAD—An appeal from Curaçao to send the amended Kingdom Act to establish a Caribbean Body for Reform and Development COHO back to the Council of State regarding its possible infringement on the Dutch Caribbean country’s autonomy before approving it was denied by the Kingdom Council of Ministers in The Hague on Friday.

   Finance Minister Javier Silvania had flown to the Netherlands to make this request but was overruled. State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations BZK Raymond Knops said afterwards that the draft bill had subsequently been accepted unanimously.

  It will go back to the Council of State for an urgent advice on another part of the law proposal, namely a clearer description of the relation between the Committee for Financial Supervision CFT and the COHO 2.0. That will take about two weeks, after which it will be submitted to the four parliaments in the kingdom.

  Curaçao had previously submitted the draft for review by its own Advisory Council to see whether the amended proposal sufficiently guarantees it the country’s autonomy.

  According to the advice, it is up to government to weigh up the various interests that are at stake and what the benefits will be. The council concluded that it would not approve the bill for the time being

  However, statements made by the Curaçao minister on radio in the Netherlands did not go down so well with Knops. Silvania said the Pisas Cabinet does not approve of the amended COHO bill.

   Interviewer Natasja Gibbs asked him how this could be reconciled with a press release distributed a few weeks ago in which Prime Minister Gilmar Pisas stated that the amended bill "does justice to our autonomy and offers better financial and social perspectives to the people."  Silvania replied that the text of the press release was written by the BZK-ministry that would have threatened to pull out from the deal if Willemstad did not agree.

  That accusation was considered particularly serious, because it gives the impression that blackmail practices are taking place. Even in government circles on the island not everyone was reportedly happy with the statements of their own minister.

  Knops rejected these allegations, emphasising that full agreement had been reached earlier, of which he reminded the Curaçao prime minister.

  However, Pisas during an urgent press conference on Friday afternoon said they had been left with no choice. He argued that government was with its “back against the wall” because of risk still much-needed liquidity support would be ended while 10,000 people still receive grocery vouchers.

Source: The Daily Herald


  1. It rumors on the clearnet or visible internet that there is a website on the dark web with a mechanism of crowd funding, attached to a list of dutch colonialists. You do not need to have higher education to conclude that the funding is not for defending colonialism.

  2. It is always stupid to think that colonialist change. They have their own agenda. All is about exploitation. Knops is an example like the Dutch colonial history has many killers.

    And trying to govern an island within the structures created by the white Dutch colonialists will always prove to be futile. No white Den Haag government will ever grant something for free to our islands.

    Blackmail over the backs of the poor is a normal instrument for the military colonialists like Knops. That this is a terrible violation of human rights is not heard by the Dutch government, the Dutch parliament, but also the mayority of the Dutch people. So not much has changed since the days of open slavery. Do never think that you can change colonialism from within the system. Do never think that Den Haag wil give you freedom or independence, or the possibility to earn your own income. That is not in their interest. They need dependence to enslave us.

    But when do we say enough, and take the consequences? How much sorrow, how many poor, how many deaths, how many blackmail do you take?
    The uprisings against slavery always costs the lives of those who exploite, of those who torture our people. When will the day come that our people say enough, and bring the colonialists to justice?
    We have seen in other countries that sometimes a dictator has to be killed to get some change.