Business View Caribbean, July/August 2018

34 35 with PRIME MINISTER OF CURAÇAO PRIME MINISTER OF CURAÇAO T he Prime Minister of Curaçao is the head of the country’s government. The post was created after the Netherlands Antil- les had been dissolved on October 10, 2010 and Curaçao became a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Prime Min- ister, together with the Council of Ministers and the Governor of Curaçao,form the executive branch of the government. Curaçao’s current Prime Minister is Eugene Rhug- genaath, a Curaçaoan politician and party leader of the Partido Alternativa Real (PAR). He was Minister for Economic Development in the Cabinet in 2016, and a member of the Island Council of Curaçao between 2003 and December 2009. He was sworn in on May 29, 2017. Recently, Business View Magazine spoke with Prime Minister Rhuggenaath about his first year in office and his vision for the country. The following is an edited transcript of that conversation.