Often people are more interested in who is behind a message than in the message itself. We have chosen to let the message speak for itself and only to become known later. From the beginning, the intention was to make known who we are. Those who oppose our message try to divert attention from our message.
The Akshon Awor Foundation is legally established and registered in the Chamber of Commerce.
We now want action to achieve changes in the non-functioning Curacao constitutional structure .
The Akshon Awor Foundation wants to see more control over the government and stop wasting money. We believe in more cooperation with the Netherlands.
Curacao has the right to self-determination. We decide for ourselves about our future. If we decide that we want to become a fully-fledged municipality, the Netherlands must accept this. In the long term, we want the same rights as residents of the Netherlands. We are ready to play a role in this.
Autonomy means that you are able to take on your own responsibilities. In 2010, the Netherlands reorganized our debt of 4,000,000,000, leaving only 1,300,000,000 left. Despite the fact that we call ourselves autonomous, we have NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL TO STAY IN THE PLUS 1 TIME since 2010. Worse still, between 2001 and 2018, Curacao ‘s budget deficit was more than 100,000,000 per year (100 million). With a total of more than 800,000,000 (800 million). As well as the social funds and government N.V.’s with ever increasing suffer losses.
No figures are yet available for 2019, but that was a year with even greater shortages than previous years due to, among other things, the crisis at the refinery. And as a result of Covid , 2020 will get even worse. This now brings us to a total debt of more than 3,000,000,000 (3 billion) and no one knows how much the Covid crisis will cost extra.
It is likely that we will feel the Covid crisis for many years to come. So all in all, we are autonomous in name only.
We can say that autonomy does not work. Poverty has grown and basic government tasks such as health care, education, and public finance are at risk while there is no plan to get out of this critical situation. We believe that we should not waste any more time, but that change must be made to help those in critical need and ensure that we move forward in the long term . One thing is certain: if we want to improve, we must invest and our productivity must increase. We are convinced that the Netherlands can help us with this.
No. This is completely separate from our goals.
No. Akshon Awor Foundation consists of concerned residents of Curacao who want Curacao to move forward and we guarantee that our residents get the same rights as the residents of the Netherlands as soon as possible. Those who claim that the Netherlands is behind our Foundation show a lack of respect for residents of Curacao who legitimately believe that there should be a change in the policy of our country and thereby ignore what many people want. And we live in a free country where a leak really has it to speak its mind. Curacao is a Dutch country and Akshon Awor Foundation is not ashamed of this. On the contrary, we are happy that Curacao is part of the kingdom.
We can’t do it alone. Our ability is not the biggest problem, but the relatively small number of people of 160,000. Worldwide you do not see countries with less than 500,000 inhabitants flourishing. Certainly not without natural resources. Can you name 3? The costs of providing a small population with the basic services such as electricity, water, care, education, road maintenance, police and customs are too high for the number of employees and companies that have to bear this. On the contrary, in these uncertain times it is better to look for the stability of a larger context, in this case the Netherlands and even the European Union.
We now live in different times when it is clear that we cannot do it ourselves. Corona crisis and global warming resulting in global climate change lead to a national crisis. Drastic changes (the phasing out of fossil fuels) and global unrest, also close to us, are leading to more uncertainty than ever. We must move in a direction that serves us in the present and in the future. Not in the past.
You cannot compare this with Curacao . England is a big country with natural resources. Realistically, our options are limited. We must choose what is best for us given our scale. We have a lot of poverty and the majority don’t want to see poverty grow just so that we can pretend to be autonomous.
We want to live at the level of the Netherlands, but we want to produce at the Caribbean level. To survive and get out of this misery, we must be willing to make sacrifices. To compete internationally, we must work on our discipline, productivity and service. We must invest in education at all levels, including for adults. Above all, we need funds to do this. We have to work hard and stick to agreements. Measures must be taken against those who abuse their working conditions (calling in sick without being sick, corruption). Or those who simply do not do their job well but think they should be paid anyway. And finally, we must also put an end to the disproportionate salaries at Government NVs that our island cannot afford. Above all, tough action must be taken against the corruption that is destroying our progress.
Slavery was a time when a group of people was not free. Thank goodness that’s in the past. That does not mean that we are already where we need to be. However, we must look to the future. We live in a democratic country. We want there to soon be no difference between residents of Curacao and residents of the Netherlands. Our starting point is to get as many equal rights (and obligations) as the inhabitants of Europe. We realize that this will be a tough negotiation process of years and that it will take place in phases, but the end goal is to get the same rights as residents of Europe.
Many people have family and relationships with Dutch people on Curacao and in the Netherlands. Many families are more and more of mixed race. Curacao does not belong to someone of a certain color, neither light nor dark. We should not let our skin color determine who we trust, with whom we associate, or how far we get. And above all, we are NOT a slave, we should never feel a slave again. Many people become self-absorbed in mental slavery and this prevents them from looking ahead and going. It is important to know your past, but know that your past does not define your future. Free yourself from mental slavery. There are both good and bad Curacaoans as well as good and bad Dutch. In fact, we must take more advantage of the relationship with the Netherlands, one of the most developed countries in the world with many resources and open to learn from them. To achieve this, we must also learn to stick to agreements. We negotiate for us and the Netherlands for the Netherlands. That does not mean that they are our enemy or that they wish us something bad. We have to learn to deal with the Netherlands in business without becoming emotional and thinking about the past every time.
It is true that the Netherlands has not always kept its word. For example, the Netherlands also believes that we have not fulfilled our agreements in the past. Because often we have made promises but have not carried them out. And that is precisely why we, as a Foundation, stand for a relationship where ultimately there is no difference between our rights and obligations and those of residents of the Netherlands. We have to stay sharp. The Netherlands negotiates hard and they have more resources than we do, which always makes negotiations difficult. That is why we need to reach watertight agreements that the Netherlands cannot easily avoid. On the other hand, we must also keep agreements and try to see the Netherlands neither as a friend nor as an enemy, but as a partner with whom we keep our agreements and they keep their agreements.
Bonaire has improved while Curacao has deteriorated. 3% unemployment. Annual economic growth. Better supervision of the delegates. The vast majority of the people are satisfied with the changes. The process is far from over and needs further development. Every development comes with sacrifices, but in the end they have improved.
On Bonaire it is a process in the making. There are things that are not yet as they should be and need improvement. Especially poverty among the elderly caused by the price increase after the dollarization . In a way, Bonaire has grown too fast and with a relatively small Bonairean population (much smaller than Curacao ), a relatively large number of non-Bonaireans now form part of their population. Bonaire must continue to fight to improve what is not right. And Curacao must learn from this and not make the same mistakes.
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