Winning team

The intended Caribbean Body for Reform and Development COHO is big news again these days, after Curaçao Prime Minister Gilmar Pisas sent a letter to Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations Alexandra van Huffelen saying he no longer believed the draft consensus law to establish such enjoyed majority parliamentary support and called for a kingdom conference to tackle the remaining issues.

The MFK leader did so despite recently agreeing with not only the Netherlands but also Aruba and St. Maarten to move the bill forward. He thus surprised practically everyone including his governing partner and deputy prime minister Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cijntje (PNP) in the process.

This latest development was pointed out to St. Maarten Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs (NA) while handling the proposed kingdom act in Parliament on Tuesday, but she noted also still having pending concerns herself with what’s currently on the table and suggested Parliament could raise these or submit amendments to address them. Faction leader of coalition party UP Rolando Brison said that is exactly what the legislature’s role should be.

However, it seems even the name COHO continues to give problems in Curaçao. Keep in mind that it was already changed from the original Caribbean Reform Entity CHE.

Considering the above, plus the fact that it merely regards a tool to supervise execution of a country package of restructuring measures that really matter, perhaps maintaining and strengthening the Temporary Work Organization (TWO) now doing the preparations based on approved implementation agendas is an option. After all, the professionals involved from all four countries are said to be getting along and doing a good job at the technical level.

If so, why change a winning team?

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