Explosion of corona-infections: Curacao and The Bahamas take action

COVID-19 Stats per 24 July 2020

PHILIPSBURG – Despite the official figures published, the latest reports indicate that there are now 35 active corona-infections on St. Maarten – and the number keeps trending upwards. Epidemiologist Izzy Gerstenbluth reacted almost immediately to this development: he will suggest to the government in Curacao to close the borders to visitors from More...

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Banco di Caribe - Simpson Bay head office - 2020062301 JH
By The Publisher On Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Banking with NIBanc comes to an end

PHILIPSBURG – The owner of NIBanc, Hushang Ansary, has requested the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten to withdraw the banking license. After thirty years, the curtain falls on the investment bank More...

Bruno Magras in his SBC office
By The Publisher On Monday, June 8th, 2020

St. Barths wants to reopen for international tourism

PHILIPSBURG – Unlike St. Maarten, the island of St. Barth’s has all its ducks in a row for reopening to tourism. But regulations put in place by the French government frustrate these efforts. Collectivité More...

Republic Bank logo on building
By The Publisher On Saturday, May 9th, 2020


Port-of-Spain, Trinidad — The President of Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL), Nigel Baptiste, announced today a profit attributable to shareholders of the parent of US$81.7 million for the six-month More...

The Bottom, Saba
By The Publisher On Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

The Netherlands subsidizes electricity and drinking water on the BES islands

PHILIPSBURG – Utility customers on Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire are exempted from paying the fixed tariff for electricity and water until next year. The Dutch government has reduced the rate to zero to More...

Central Bank building Curacao Scharloo
By The Publisher On Monday, May 4th, 2020

Central Bank warns against solidarity tax

WILLEMSTAD – The government’s plan to impose a solidarity tax on all income above the ceiling for healthcare and accident insurance premium (5,781 guilders or $3,230) will have a negative effect on the economy More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, April 20th, 2020

EU funds special facility to support the Caribbean OCTs facing COVID-19 crisis challenges

PHILIPSBURG — The Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Guyana, for Suriname and with responsibility for Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Saint-Barthélemy, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten is announcing a More...

D&B Commerce Center building
By The Publisher On Friday, March 13th, 2020

Guyana new Consular Offices to be opened

PHILIPSBURG — The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana will be opening its Consular Offices at the D&B suite of offices (below the law firm) on Cannegieter Street in Philipsburg as of April 1. More...

Kim Lucas - Honorary Consul of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana - 20200311 AB
By The Publisher On Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Kim Lucas appointed as Guyana Honorary Consul to St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG — The Cooperative Republic of Guyana has appointed Mrs. Kim Lucas as the Honorary Consul to St. Maarten. Guyana is a South American country that forms part of the Caribbean nations. Lucas is the deputy More...

Curacao Isla Refinery met insert Roderick van Kwartel
By The Publisher On Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

3-year sentence for former Curaçao refinery manager

PHILIPSBURG — A former general manager of Curaçao’s Isla refinery asked 5 million dollars in bribes from a Dutch company that wanted to become the new operator of the state-owned plant. The money was never More...