In the extremely difficult circumstances in which the Surinamese government finds itself, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will pay an official visit to Suriname. Rutte is one of the longest-serving prime ministers in the European country, and his popularity has fallen further in this fourth term.
After pre-election promises, the Surinamese government has failed due to a false start and failed restart attempts. It appears that the current Surinamese government is being undermined subtly, from which ranks is unknown. After affairs bubbling up from state-owned enterprises, there is now diplomatic tension with Guyana, whose efforts are also promising. Furthermore, the agreement reached with the IMF would not be the lowest that would be suitable for Suriname. The Surinamese government would have come to that conclusion themselves. There is already talk of restructuring the agreement with the IMF, and the reason may be that the Surinamese government is unable to meet the IMF’s demands. In the meantime, it is said that the relative calm on the price front is a thing of the past. It may have an impact on the import of flour for bread baking.
Earlier they talked about a dollar surplus that people didn’t know what to do with, now there is a dollar shortage that people don’t know what to do either.
The population yearns for normalization, but society throws itself from one end of the imbalance to the other. There is now a government with a finance minister who no longer wants to, he has already handed over his portfolio.
In the Netherlands, the Minister of Agriculture recently resigned as a result of the protests surrounding the nitrogen crisis.
In a short time we have had visits from mayors who discuss the subject of the slavery past and reparations. It must be said that the move to cross the sea does not come from pressure internally in the Netherlands from Surinamese society. They assume that the Dutch government must take action in the Netherlands and for the Netherlands. The move to go overseas comes from the Dutch government itself.
The question arises for Suriname, what added value the Dutch Prime Minister’s visit to Suriname will have. The socio-economic situation of the country itself is crucial for answering these and all questions in Suriname. Poverty is experienced and the Surinamese governments have no answer to the persistent double-digit inflation that has been going on for several years. In the Netherlands there is also inflation, an increase in poverty and energy and gas will be unobtainable for the next two winters. Household energy bills have increased enormously, but the difference with Suriname is that the Dutch government has stepped in and will take further relief measures.
The visit by the Dutch Prime Minister thus comes on the eve of 47 years of political independence. The children of independence are now grandfathers and grandmothers close to 50. One thing has become clear in the last 47 years: that both good rulers and those of less good will have failed to keep Suriname on a sustainable path to prosperity and growth. . This is due to its small scale, Surinamese culture and identity, serious lack of framework and the country’s insignificant geopolitical role. A country like Suriname has proved ungovernable for the past 47 years.
The population is more often unhappy than happy, more often and more poor than wealthy. Under the prevailing circumstances, there is also no political perspective due to a weak political culture in Surinamese upbringing. The Netherlands is a relatively small country, but not insignificant. The Netherlands has played a significant role in colonial history. The Netherlands is a prosperous country and is in the top 10 and top 20 of almost all rankings for wealth, prosperity, population satisfaction, etc. We believe that Surinamese and Surinamese administrators should be earlier and recognize the state of affairs – after 47 years – with our ability to run an orderly, civilized and prosperous country. We have to cross a dangerous border here, just like in 1980, but we believe that Suriname’s political future needs to be considered: a former colony and then country within the kingdom.
The people of Suriname never had a say in the way the country’s political future was organized. There has never been a referendum among the population, something that has happened elsewhere. The constitutional arrangement has been forced upon us by a political elite and by political betrayal. Under these circumstances, the Netherlands should never have cooperated in the new constitutional structure of 1975. This case must be reopened. We have had a move in this direction in the 90s, but it did not have electoral support. because the planning was not convincing. We believe that every person has the right to be happy; living in a country of your own making is not a condition for a happy life and experiencing prosperity.
Due to developments in 1975, Surinamese society was divided, so that almost as many Surinamese as in Suriname live and work in the Netherlands. There needs to be a discussion about a new constitutional structure for Suriname, not least because of the environmental disasters that await us as a country.
This discussion should lead to a decision-making process: not only people with Surinamese nationality should have an influence on this, but also people with Surinamese background. We have crossed a line, but it is food for thought in connection with Rutte’s visit and until we celebrate 47 years of independence… as far as there is something to celebrate.