Inflation rate up again in the Caribbean Netherlands

In the third quarter of 2021, consumer goods and services on Bonaire were 4.3 percent more expensive than one year previously. Inflation still stood at 0.3 percent in the second quarter. On St Eustatius, prices rose by 2.4 percent year-on-year in the third quarter. Prices still declined by 1.2 percent …

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Postal services in BES Islands are inefficient

The conces­sion requirements that were set for the postal services in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are unrealistic because a number of external and cardinal prerequisites are lacking. A major bottleneck is the lack of adequate inter-­island connections. This is one of the conclu­sions of research that was carried out …

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2 million for BES islands to compensate higher energy costs

Of the 2.9 billion euros that the central government is allocating to dampen the higher energy costs for citizens and businesses, an amount of 2 million is intended for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Dilan Yesilgoz¬Zegerius reports this to the House of …

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Corona support from SZW unit ends after 19 months

The ‘Tijdelijke subsidieregeling loonkosten en inkomensverlies CN’ (CN Temporary wage costs and loss of income subsidy scheme) and the ‘Regeling subsidie financiering vaste lasten getroffen ondernemingen Covid-19 BES’ (Financing fixed costs of affected enterprises Covid-19 BES subsidy scheme) will end this month. The demissionary cabinet sees no reason to deviate …

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Knops: ‘I am infected by the Caribbean virus’

“I am infected with the Caribbean virus, the vi­rus of warmth, family and friend­ship,” said Dutch caretaker State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops in his final words during Thursday’s handling of the draft 2022 Kingdom Relations budget. “I came to love the people and the islands because I …

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