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Sectors of the island of Bonaire ask to expand exports

The request responds to a policy to maintain prices and the purchasing power of the islanders

The vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of La Vela de Coro (Colina municipality) in Falcón state, Juan Gotopo, highlighted the importance of bilateral relations with the islands of the Dutch Caribbean for the strengthening of economic activities.

In that sense, he mentioned that the leader of the Bonerian People's Movement, Milena Winklare, advocated before her government to expand and increase imports from Venezuela.

The leader argues that this action will prevent an increase in the prices of food consumed on the island, which is why she proposes expanding the range of options and importing meat, hay, cheese and fish from Venezuela.

Gotopo pointed out that since the opening of the maritime border, a year and two months ago, permits allow the entry only of fruits, vegetables and construction materials.

"We see how the incorporation of Venezuela into the Caribbean market is beneficial for both parties, because just as it happens in Bonaire, it happens in Curacao where the figures speak of a progressive increase in exports, due to the freshness of the products and the prices that compete with the offer from Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, among others,” he explained.

For this reason, he recalled that during the last 12 months a total of 3.575 tons of products have left, of which 93,14%, that is, 3.330 tons, have been directed to the island of Curacao and 6,86%, which represents 245 tons, to the island of Aruba.

He clarified that the figures correspond to the export activity of the Artisanal Port of La Vela, with the island of Curacao being the closest.

Reason why exports to Aruba are mostly channeled from the Port of Guaranao in the Carirubana municipality (Punto Fijo) and to Bonaire from the port of Tucacas (Silva municipality).

The representative of the private sector recalled that the main items for export have been fruits, vegetables, and fish along with fertilizer, pots, plants, charcoal, construction materials, confectionery, among others.

Aruba continues with restrictions

Regarding the reopening of the air border with the island of Aruba, relations remain on hold, he recalled that the Prime Minister of Aruba, Evelyn Wever-Croes, recently reported that the nation is not prepared to take that step with Venezuela.

“The departments of our organization are not fully ready and prepared for reopening,” he said.

He also said that one of the departments that is not ready is the asylum department, given that it has a “very large backlog” of requests that have been made in the past.

While businessmen from the island, such as Clyde Harms, said that “the closure of the border with Venezuela affects our population,” mentioning that the island loses between 150 and 200 million dollars, due to the restriction that prevents trade and tourism. direct from Venezuela by air.

The truth is that the ban will remain until July 20, 2024 between Venezuelan airports and the Reina Beatrix International Airport in Aruba.

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