Ministry of Economic Development
Honorable Mr. Ruisandro Cijntje is Curaçao’s Minister of Economic Development. Mr. Cijntje worked as a police officer for 26 years, including as the head of Curaçao’s Department of Internal Affairs. During this time, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Curaçao, and a master’s in Business Administration at Inter-Continental University of the Caribbean. An avid sportsman, he is the president of Curaçao Little League Softball organization and a member of the board of Baseball Little League where he is known as a solution-driven and principled role model. As the Minister of Economic Development, he is committed to Curaçao’s economic recovery and long-term progress.
Peggy Isenia Chief of staff minister of economic development
Caryl Monte is the president of the Permanent Commission for International Trade and Foreign Economic Relations and the chief negotiator for Curaçao’s accession to the WTO. A well-respected legal and economic advisor to public sector entities in Curaçao and Sint Maarten, Caryl is a former president of the executive committee of the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories in Brussels, and was the executive director of financial-economic affairs at the Central Bank of the Netherlands Antilles. He also served as the minister-plenipotentiary for the Government of the Netherlands Antilles in the Netherlands.
Vanessa Toré is the director of the Foreign Economic Cooperation Division at Curaçao’s Ministry of Economic Development. She is also the vice president of Curaçao’s Permanent Commission for International Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, where her primary goal is Curaçao's accession to the WTO. In this role, she is also negotiating bilateral trade agreements with Colombia, Dominican Republic, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Vanessa is a member of the steering committees of Global Water Partnership: Caribbean, and the Local2030 Island Network, and is working at developing a National Export Strategy for Curaçao.
Raynel Martis is a senior policy advisor at Curaçao’s Ministry of Economic Development. He holds a master’s degree in Communication Science from the University of Amsterdam and has over 10 years of experience working in several ministries for the Government of Curaçao. From 2013-2019, he was the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) representative in Curaçao.
Said Hensen senior policy advisor international economic cooperation