Antilliaans Dagblad, 14 December 2017

GreenTown moves on

GreenTown moves on


Now that the talks between the government of Curaçao and the company Guangdong Zhenrong Energy are not progressing positively, because the Chinese company does not seem to be able to meet the due diligence requirements, GreenTown is working on speeding up the transition process for the Isla site.


GreenTown does not want Curaçao to become into an impasse. With the expiring lease contract for the refinery in 2019, the moment arrives that Curaçao shall regain control over its future and shape it sustainably. And not put its future into the hands of a foreign party that will invests in an unhealthy economy with limited future prospects and an unknown job security further.


Sven Rusticus and Orlando Meulens, both board members of GreenTown Curaçao and living in the Netherlands, have had discussions with Royal HaskoningDHV. As specialists in transformation areas they see opportunities for a new future for this area, Willemstad and the whole country.


Royal HaskoningDHV knows the situation on Curaçao very well; she did a quick scan in 2011 and explored the economic potential of a GreenTown in Curaçao. Bouke Vellinga, expert in urban redevelopment of Royal HaskoningDHV: "The forthcoming contract termination of the refinery is a unique opportunity to prepare the economy of Willemstad and Curaçao for the future, with a growing, healthy and working population."


GreenTown believes that it is now time to stop the economic stagnation, which has been going on for 20 years, and to let the economy grow again, with new, future-proof jobs.


We use the current global sustainable developments, and do this in collaboration with experts who have entered these roads elsewhere in the world. Royal HaskoningDHV combines environmental, technical, design and financial-economic expertise with the 'soft' side of such projects, namely the involvement of the population and the entrepreneurs in the realization of the plans. After all, it is about their future!


GreenTown is of the opinion that the redevelopment of the Schottegat alone can generate many times the current rental income for the government. In addition, GreenTown firmly believes that a developed Schottegat can attract several companies of the caliber of Damen, in view of the many interest via e-mails that the members of GreenTown regularly receive. It will mean a big boost for employment in Curaçao, in sectors that have more future than the finite oil industry. Because in the end, the children who are now born must also have a job and clean air.


GreenTown was last Friday 8 December at the opening of the new office of CINEX in the Curaçao House in The Hague. GreenTown used the opportunity to explain the project extensively to, among others, the commissioner of CINEX Mr. Mirto Murray and introduced Royal HaskoningDHV to the Minister Plenipotentiary of Curaçao.