Gibson hopes to finalise matters on assets division in two months

PHILIPSBURG–Finance Minister Richard Gibson is hoping to finalise matters with Curaçao’s Finance Minister José Jardim about the funds owed to St. Maarten from the division of assets of the former Netherlands Antilles within two months.

Gibson met with Jardim in Curaçao last week on the matter. He reported on Wednesday that the talks had been “pleasant” and “productive.” Gibson said the aim is to finalise this matter in two months.

In the interim, the support staff of the Finance Ministers of Curaçao and St. Maarten will be working together to “move this forward.” Contact will also be made with the Netherlands regarding the Caribbean Netherlands of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius. Gibson and Jardim will meet again on May 17 to continue the talks.

The desires of Curaçao’s Finance Ministry includes taking over St. Maarten’s assets in Cpost International in Curaçao that remains active after the dismantling of the former Netherlands Antilles. St. Maarten, he said, has 7.8 per cent of Cpost.

“The Minister (Jardim) expressed interest in acquiring the shares that St. Maarten has in that company (Cpost) and another company that is inactive, but in which there are funds that have to be shared.” St. Maarten has approximately NAf. 4 million in the latter company.

Source: Daily Herald Gibson hopes to finalise matters on assets division in two months