Commissioner Johnson and others from the BES-islands are in The Netherlands for the launch of Evaluation Committee.
Commissioner Chris Johnson is in The Netherlands to attend the official launch of the Evaluation Committee. The Evaluation Committee will kick off their work which is expected to be completed by the 10th of October next year. The commission was on the islands recently to introduce themselves to the residents of the island and to explain about the work that they will be doing.
In addition to the meeting with the Evaluation Committee, Commissioner Johnson and Commissioner Zaandam will also be meeting with the Ministry of Finance about the ABB adjustments that are slated to be introduced in 2016. Together with Commissioner Reginald Zandaam of St. Eustatius a joint letter has been drafted requesting that any changes to the current tax regime in place on the two Windward Islands should be delayed until the results of evaluation are discussed on a political level. In the opinion of the commissioner the scheduled changes for 2016 are too close to final date of the report. During the meeting with the officials at the ministry they will emphasize this point.
Commissioner Johnson will also meet with civil servants from the Ministry of Economic Affairs concerning the subsidies for Saba Electric Company and for other projects. Every year the Ministry provides a subsidy to cover the losses incurred by the company. This meeting is to determine what level the subsidy will be set at.