ORANJESTAD – Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association members recently attended a seminar dealing with local labor laws and its implication for foreign workers on the island. Members of government departments such as DIMAS, DAO and DPL explained their respective part in the labor process, giving the AHATA members thus tools and knowledge to handle the issue accordingly. ‘Popular’ issues such as false permits, procedures, issues with temporary workers, and recent labor law changes.
AMSTERDAM (AFN) - Th Dutch travel industry threatened to impose a boycott against dutch airline KLM after the airline informed passengers it will fine them 22 euro if they don't book their flights directly with the airline, starting in 2018. This according to dutch media Financieel Dagblad.
ORANJESTAD - Real time money transfer between two different local Aruba banks, will still have to wait. According to past Economic Minister Richard Arends, this process may take up to 3 years before the 'new real time system' is operational. In his last interview as minister recently to NoticiaCla LIVE, Arends confidently said that things have been set in motion, but that it will still take some time. Central Bank regulation needs to be adapted, and more importantly, banks need to be ready and able to go for the change. "Banks are receptive to the idea" Arends assured this website. Once in place, locals and any other person can wire transfer money in real time, meaning that monies will actually transfer instantaneously from one account to another. Today, this process could take up to 2 to 3 days, and its cost vary between banks. Arends said that even the service charged, should be uniform and regulated and not left up the banks.
ORANJESTAD – Clients need not pay their Dimas 'dues' at the tax office or government proxy offices any longer. As of Monday, November 20th, the tax office has its own cashier at the DIMAS office providing that service for all clients needing to pay their respective dues. Directors of both DIMAS and the Tax Office, Kathy Ruiz Paskel and Luenne Gomez Pieters respectively explained the concept behind this project during a mutual press conference at the Dimas office. According to Ruiz, it's a project long in the making, which is now ready to be 'rolled out'.
ORANJESTAD - Aruba's Plenipotentiary Minister for The Netherlands Guilfred Besaril and Parliament member Sueann Ras where the last of the new cabinet and Parliament to be sworn in by His Excellency the Governor of Aruba Alfonso Boekhoudt. The swearing in ceremony , as was the case with the others, took place in the ceremonial governors 'residence'. Thus both the Wever Croes Cabinet and the Parliament are now complete and can 'get to work'. In fact, Besaril leave for the Netherlands this week, where he plans to attend Friday's Council of Kingdom Ministers. Ras meanwhile right after being sworn in, attended her first official public Parliament meeting. So it was 'hands on' right away for both. Besaril plans to focus on issues pertaining to Aruba students in the Netherlands, while in Aruba, Parliament member Ras plans to focus as much as possible on education and social areas, her expertise. Ras was a popular teacher, while Besaril was a parliament member for the past 4 years.