The Smart Nation Curaçao Platform is assigned with the phased implementation of a long term vision and integral strategic plan towards the development of Willemstad as a Smart City and Curacao as a Smart Nation. The Smart Nation movement is increasingly becoming an integral part of our nation’s strategy to achieve sustainable development across fundamental areas and opportunities to improve overall efficiency and quality of life.
Through the integration of ICT solutions across fundamental sectors a balanced socio-economic development is pursued, while ensuring that the needs of present and future generations are still met regarding economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects aiming for economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental protection, which constitute the foundation for sustainable development.
Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post initiated this movement in Curaçao in 2016 with the conference, “Smart Nation: Curaçao objectives beyond 2020”, and is taking it further by building on the success of the event with the introduction of the Curaçao Smart Nation initiative; an open platform supported by the Government through which collective efforts of smart nation stakeholders are united to achieve innovative people-centric solutions to address current and upcoming challenges that Curaçao is facing. The smart nation stakeholders are generally considered to be: government, knowledge & research institutes, academia, NGOs, businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups and citizens.
The Platform provides an effective governance system for the realization of the Smart Nation concept, which structure involves all the relevant stakeholders either by means of direct participation in the work of the Platform or through organized consultation. The process is therefore very inclusive, as innovation requires co-creation and extensive collaboration between various disciplines to realize the best possible outcome for all involved.
Director Foreign Economic Cooperation at Ministry of Economic Development of Curaçao
The Minister will dedicate special attention to the promotion of exports of products and services in order to generate more income for the island. Other priority areas are the financial service sector and the promotion of the Smart Nation concept.
Giselle Mc William
Minister of Economic Development, Curaçao
“I'm a passionate social entrepreneur with most of my working experience in the Caribbean. My most important goal is to create a circular economy in the Caribbean, starting from Curaçao. The reason for this is that I want to do my part to keep our oceans usable for future generations”.
Curaçao Innovation and Technology Institute
Between 1996 and 2014 he developed into a senior statistician with numerous publications added to his name and led the execution of 2 censuses. Sean also contributed to a variety of activities that can be related to neighborhood development, teaching at universities and conducting qualitative studies
In 2008 Sean was seconded to a project for the island territory of Curacao, which involved the development of a system of administrative registries. His contribution as the program manager lasted until 2014, after the island territory of Curacao became constitutionally an autonomous country within the Dutch Kingdom.
Sean has been working as the Director of the National Statistical Office of Curacao since 2011.
Sean de Boer
Director of the National Statistical Office of Curacao
Head of the division within the Ministry of Economic Development
The Ministry is responsible for policy, implementation and control on the following areas:
• Business, consisting of (micro) SME policy, economic development, capital market, competition policy, infrastructure, knowledge, economic and Agricultural fisheries production and business establishment policy.
• Economic Development and Innovation, consisting of market forces, innovation, energy, industry development, employment and macro-economic stability.
• Foreign Economic Cooperation, consisting of trade policy, international business and foreign investment.