Dear colleagues and friends,
My last working day at the Central Bank has finally come. I leave you with a combination of sadness and relieve.
Sad because I leave behind so many friends and a group of professional colleagues in the top institution of Curaçao and Sint Maarten. After three decades of mainly positive developments and many successful solutions to the challenges and problems that crossed my path, the time has come now to step down and hand over the management to a group of younger professionals with great potential to further guide our Central Bank into a new era.
My sadness has also to do with the passing of my mother only 9 months ago. She has been one of my main critics during my professional life and she was also a good person with a deep religious background. She raised me and insisted to follow the good path, be respectful to others and contribute to the fullest to our community. Mama, wherever you are, I am convinced that I never let you down.
I am also touched by the numerous mails, apps and phone calls that I received the last few days wishing me many healthy, prosperous and productive years in the time to come.
I have seen the Bank transforming through a few historical stages. First, from an organization totally dependent of the government, we became a full-fledged Central Bank staffed with top professionals. From a staff of 70 persons when I started, I leave today an institution with 200+ mainly young professionals well trained in all aspects of central banking. You have made the Bank the top-ranked institution in our societies and the region.
My farewell is also a relieve in the sense that the burden of being here very early in the morning and responsible for so many things that crossed my table daily has finally come to an end.
It would be an overstatement to say that things are all well in the Bank. We have been passing through extremely rough seas during the last few years. But despite these setbacks, you my colleagues and I have continued to do the central banking job with dedication and great pride. Again thank you for that.
Thanks to all of you and with the help of my entire family I am stepping down today. My dad is still around here at the respectable age of 83 working in his world of social responsibility. That has characterized his entire life. Some of his enthusiasm was also instilled in me. I am also very proud on my children; my daughter graduating today in Holland as a Master in Business Economics at Erasmus University and my son who is an airline pilot in the New York area.
As a simple and humble guy of Otrobanda, I never stopped being the trouble maker or “mucha di seru di Otrobanda”. I have repeated this over and over again to most of you I guess. I was raised to value a combination of great working ethics, integrity and social responsibility. And I have never deviated from these values.
It’s time now to look ahead and make the Bank again the beacon of trust, reputation and professionalism that has always guided the countries Curacao and St Maarten for so many years .
For our new board of directors, my advice is to continue driving the car by looking ahead because focusing only in the back mirror while driving may end up in more disaster.
The governments of Sint Maarten and Curacao count on your guidance in resolving the discussion on the currency for the monetary union and review as soon as possible the Bank charter to avoid more discontent, unresolved issues and more inertia.
I have discussed in detail with the two new directors the challenges that are on the top of the agenda of the Bank. They received also a document with detailed information containing the main issues to be resolved. I have offered the new directors my assistance whenever they need my honest and professional advice.
From here on, the burden of managing this institution is in your hands. The professional staff that I have worked with is the best proof that you will definitely succeed.
Masha danki, dankjewel, thank you!!!
Alberto (Chos ) Romero