New Council of State Vice-President Thom de Graaf will visit the three Windward Islands from January 20 to 22, 2019.
De Graaf will start his visit to the Dutch Caribbean in Curacao where he will arrive on January 17. The following two days he will visit Bonaire and Aruba, before travelling to Saba on January 20 where he will arrive in the afternoon via St. Maarten.
De Graaf will arrive in St. Eustatius from Saba in the afternoon hours on January 21. That same evening, he will go to St. Maarten from where he will return to the Netherlands on January 22.
De Graaf was appointed Vice-President of the Council of State on November 1, 2018, succeeding Piet Hein Donner.
De Graaf is well acquainted with the Dutch Caribbean, but this is his first official visit in his new function. He was Minister of Kingdom Relations from 2003 to 2005 and a member of the First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament from 2011 to 2018. As Senator, he was a member of the Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations.
The Daily Herald.