This year there is one central issue: it won’t be business as usual!
Dear entrepreneurs, the economy is our job, not the government’s. And yes, we know it’s not easy for entrepreneurs fighting 24/7 to make a decent living.
Staying at the positive side of things happening, in 2013 our Chamber has conducted a comparative study on the export of services, and has positively identified opportunities to organize growth in this sector of our economy. In 2014 this sector will be actively included in all our efforts to bring our entrepreneurs to new growth markets, and attract potential customers to Curaçao, and matching these with our local businesses.
Our game plan will also include Airlift and Destination Promotion as important topics in these efforts, besides, again:
Getting rid of red tape;
Creating a red carpet treatment for those from abroad that can contribute to our success, like second home and yacht owners, foreign students, retirees, winter visitors and investors in sectors of the economy where such is needed, fiscal restructurering and simplification, development finance;
Educational system reform;
Labor mobility and labor market planning;
Youth unemployment, and last but not least, Safety and Security of our businesses and citizens.
We will be participating actively and in a constructive manner in the national dialogue process which will have to lead soon to a new game plan and specific actions resulting in a welcoming environment for economic and social development of Curaçao.