Editor’s note: This story appeared in La Prensa newspaper in Curaçao. It has been translated from the original Dutch.
Willemstad, June 6, 2011.- Yesterday in the afternoon hours, the Prime Minster of Curaçao Mr. Gerrit Schotte and the Prime Minister of Dominica Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit arrived together on the same plane from Venezuela at the Curaçao International Airport. They assisted at the ceremonies of the 200th anniversary of the independence of Venezuela.
Mr. Skerrit is on a courtesy visit here in Curaçao where there is a community of those who originated from Dominica.
In Curaçao Mr. Skerrit had a meeting with the President of Parliament of Curaçao, Mr. Ivar Asjes and also with the Governor Mr. Frits Goedgedrag.
After their arrival, Prime Minister Skerrit visited the Council Chamber at Fort Amsterdam. There Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte gave Mr. Skerrit a detailed interpretation of the National Neighbourhood Development Plan, which is one of the major programs of the Curaçao government at the moment.
In the afternoon hours Prime Minister Skerrit visited the Curaçao Ports Authorities (CPA) where he had a presentation about the harbor. After the presentation, the leader had the opportunity to sail through the harbor under the guidance of the interim director of the CPA, Mr. Humberto de Castro.
Prime Minister Skerrit was very satisfied with the visit and expressed himself by saying he hopes that his visit to the island is the beginning of the fortification of the relation between Curaçao and his island.
In 2004 Mr.Skerrit was the youngest world leader, when at the age of 32 he took the post as Prime Minister. At that time he surpassed the leader of the Democratic Replublic of Congo, Joseph Kabila. At present he and Prime Minister Schotte are the youngest leaders of The Caribbean. Mr. Schotte is 33 at present.
During his tenure as CARICOM head Mr. Skerrit fostered very good relationships with Cuba and the Bolivarian government of Venezuela.