About TWO

The Temporary Work Organization is part of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and supports and monitors the agreed reforms in Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten. The TWO is the predecessor of the Caribbean Agency for Reform and Development (COHO) that will be established by law and is an administrative body with independent tasks.

The Temporary Work Organisation (TWO)

The COHO is currently in the process of being established. At the same time, the reforms and measures in the country packages must be implemented and the implementation agenda must be prepared and managed. The BZK has therefore created the Temporary Work Organisation (TWO),  to perform these activities in collaboration with the countries and the Dutch ministries, which provide expertise on the subject matter. 

The TWO also ensures, together with each country, that implementation agendas are drawn up for the elaboration of the country packages. This implementation agenda is updated periodically . The TWO is the first point of contact for the countries when it comes to the measures, projects and programmes from the implementation agenda. The TWO. also supervises the implementation of the measures, projects and programmes and provides periodically an implementation report thereon. The TWO also monitors the implementation of these measures, projects and programs and periodically publish an implementation report.

Organisation

Within the TWO is a Countries department with three program teams: Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten. The task of the program teams is to support and monitor the development and implementation of projects, programs and measures by government bodies and public enterprises of the countries related to the topics described in a country package. These teams work partly in the Netherlands (for example for consultation with the Dutch ministries) and in the countries. In addition to the Countries department, there will be a Supervision, Finance and Operations department.

Once established, the COHO will consist of a board of three members and an official organization that carries out the actual implementation on behalf of the board.

Tasks:

  • supporting the development and implementation of projects, programs and measures by government bodies and public enterprises of the countries with regard to the subjects described in a country package, as further elaborated in an implementation agenda and, where relevant, an action plan. In this context, TWO can
    • provide financial resources directly or indirectly to government bodies;
    • make expertise and implementation capacity available;
    • vetting governments and public companies;
    • grant grants to citizens and legal entities under private law, including public companies.
  • Monitoring the progress of projects, programs and measures by government bodies and government companies of the countries with regard to the subjects described in a country package, as further elaborated in an implementation agenda and, where relevant, an action plan.

Establishment COHO

Pending treatment in the Parliaments in the countries, the COHO will be formally established in 2022. The exact date of establishment depends on the duration of the national legislation process.

Work is currently being done on setting up the organizational structure in which the statutory tasks can be accommodated. In addition, practical matters are being prepared, such as branches in all countries, recruitment of personnel, ICT facilities, financial administration and communication.

Locations

There will be four offices for the COHO, one office in The Hague and the others in the capitals of the countries. In The Hague, coordination will mainly take place with the Dutch ministries, which contribute substantive expertise for the reform processes. The projects that are running there are supported in the countries.