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      • f.

        support, train and reinforce identity of SME

      • g.

        develop more information on the possibilities to do business in Curaçao

      • h.

        develop our agriculture and fisheries.

    • 2.

      Encourage financial institutions to develop new products and mechanisms for funding long term investment projects. Stimulate competition between the local and international banks so that interest rates will go down.

    • 3.

      Develop an integrated approach to ‘one stop’ investment and job creation/market- ing/promotion/closing locally and overseas.

    • 4.

      Tourism investment (although not tourism promotion per se) should be considered a key and integral part of such an approach.

    • 5.

      Implement an export development-strategy.

    • 6.

      Provide incentives for creation of value added jobs that make Curaçao competitive in the global market place.

    • 7.

      Ensure that the prices in the transportation (air & sea) and utility sectors are at competitive levels.

  • D.

    Tourism development

    • 1.

      Create our tourism industry based on all our assets, history, culture, envi- ronment and people. Focus on a broad range of tourism development and promotion including: cultural, eco- and historic tourism; business travelers extending their stay; shopping; regular scheduled events and festivals; new attractions; Willemstad as an attraction; our multicultural and multiracial heritage; our professional athletes.

    • 2.

      Create a training center for the tourist industry that produces a work force that: understands Curaçao’s history, culture and nature; understands tourism’s positive impact; views their job as an opportunity to provide service to a customer not just an opportunity to make money; has good language and communication skills in English, Dutch, Spanish, French and Portuguese; communicates a sense of pride in Curaçao as our home; results in a tourist friendly workforce; improves work ethics, productivity, earnings and ultimately quality of life; ultimately trains inhabitants to fill all middle and top level management positions.

    • 3.

      Create an open sky policy that produces more and less expensive flights to and from Curaçao.

    • 4.

      Create a financial structure to support tourism over the long term with low interest rates and long term loans.

    • 5.

      Increase private-public funding for a coordinated island wide promotion program that: builds the Curaçao brand; focuses on most effective targeted potential customers; benefits from the Caribbean tourism network; uses “state of the art” electronic communications.

    • 6.

      Increase hotel capacity and eliminate or reduce the factors limiting hotel profitability including: high utility costs; low worker productivity; lack of local middle and top management personal; high food and beverage costs; worker permit system.

    • 7.

      Introduce the tourism industry in the curriculum in the primary schools and continue with apprenticeship programs through the secondary schools to graduation.

    • 8.

      Establish Curaçao as a tax free area for all visitors.

  • E.

    General

    • 1.

      Create an abundance mentality.

    • 2.

      Ensure that business is based on our norms and values.

    • 3.

      Conserve and maintain our natural resources; maintain harmonious relations with the environment.

    • 4.

      Stimulate creativity in economic solutions.

    • 5.

      Measure the international competitiveness of Curaçao through one or more of the international competitiveness standards that includes both public and private sector.

    • 6.

      Provide education related to agriculture and history.

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