King Willem-Alexander swore in Lucille George-Wout as Governor of Curaçao. With this act the island territory once again has a full-fledged governor, just before the introductory royal visit on November 18 and 19.
Caribbean parts of the kingdom who want to break the ties with the Netherlands, may leave immediately, according to Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The Prime Minister has said this during his visit to the islands, he let reporters of De Telegraaf and NRC Handelsblad know.
"If you call me tomorrow that you want out, then we'll arrange it immediately," said the Prime Minister against representatives of the islands. According Rutte they looked 'surprised' at him.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte began on Sunday with a visit to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. The aim of the visit is to strengthen mutual economic relations within the Kingdom. He is accompanied by a Dutch trade delegation.
The strategic position of the Dutch islands in the Caribbean can be used much better. Dutch companies want to cooperate with the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom to do business in the wider region, especially countries like Brazil, Colombia and Panama.