On Wednesday 23 January, investigative journalist Ton de Jong will give a presentation in the Mongui Maduro Library. The presentation is titled "“Verdwenen houvast: hoe Curaçao uit koers raakte en Nederland uit zicht verdween”.
The starting time is 6.30 pm and admission is free. However, interested parties are kindly requested to register at the Mongui Maduro library via e-mail email@example.com or telephone 7375119. The lecture will be held in Dutch.
Research journalist Ton de Jong has done research in the last ten years into themes that have been of vital importance for the development of Curaçao.
De Jong published this research in three books. Groot geld in Curacao =Big money in Curaçao (about the international financial sector) appeared in 2018, Honderd jaar olie op Curacao =Hundred Years of Oil on Curaçao in 2016 and De gezegende erfenis =The Blessed Legacy (together with Norbert Hendrikse) in 2008.
In his lecture De Jong first gives an insight into the wonderful world of 'big money'. Then he relates his three books to each other and highlights the role of Kingdom Partner Netherlands. Ton de Jong: 'Old structures have disappeared or eroded. The new -RST, coastguard, CFT- are focused on supervision, not on development. But Dutch people still have an important role, particularly in the economy, but also in health care and education. '
Few Dutch journalists have been properly introduced in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. Ton de Jong has been on the islands every year since 1989. First as a reporter for the cluster of regional newspapers to which the Brabants Dagblad belongs, later as a journalist researcher of larger themes. In those years he has established and maintained contacts in politics, business and civil society.
It promises to be a very interesting presentation with lots of substance to discussion. Everyone is welcome on Wednesday 23 January at 6.30 pm on the roof terrace of the Mongui Maduro Library.