Department of Economic Affairs, Commerce and Industry (DEZHI)

The Department of Economic Affairs, Commerce & Industry of Aruba (DEACI) was established in 1986 with the introduction of the separate status of Aruba within the Dutch Kingdom. DEACI resides under the Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Culture and is responsible for advising the Minister on economic policies, and implements these in turn on behalf of the Minister.

The DEACI contributes to the sustainable economic development, economic prosperity and the social welfare of those who are part of the Aruban society. This contribution is realized, among other things, by developing policies based on scientific foundations and orientation, long term planning, stimulating entrepreneurship and fostering international economic relations. Our objective is to promote a healthy and sustainable development of the Aruban economy.

The DEACI consists of the following Sections:

1. Economic Policy and Research
2. Sustainable Development Planning & Development Cooperation
3. Foreign Economic Relations and Business Development
4. Economic Policy Implementation
5. Business Licenses
6. General Services and Human Resources 

DEACI vision

Developing DEACI into a top government organization that provides the government, the Aruban citizens, local and international companies and institutions a customer focused, effective, professional, high-quality services through proper policy development, structural monitoring and management in the socio-economic area.

DEACI mission

Contributing to a healthy and sustainable socio-economic development of Aruba by supporting the government in achieving sound economic policies and management. DEACI provides independent advice to the government, which facilitates decision making on economic issues as well as for the accountability of Aruba.

Strategic goals:

  • Promoting a sustainable socio-economic development through the diversification of the economy and consolidation of the tourism industry.
  • Increasing the quality of life of the inhabitants of Aruba by stimulating socio-economic activities on the island.
  • Maintaining a healthy market that benefits a balanced growth in the economy of Aruba.
  • Promoting Aruba as a trading center for services and goods in the region for the purpose of sustainable socio-economic development on the island.
  • Coordinating the national strategic planning process and encouraging coordination and cooperation between the authorities involved.

Core tasks:

  • Analyzing socio-economic issues, monitoring and evaluating socio-economic policies and advising and developing socio-economic policies;
  • Coordinate the national strategic planning process, and encourage coordination between the authorities involved;
  • Advising on preparation and implementation of policies and projects (including development cooperation) that contribute to the development of the economy;
  • The development and implementation of policies for the stimulation of international trade (promoting the export of products and services) and the integration of the Aruban economy into the world economy;
  • Developing and implementing policies for an attractive investment climate to promote investments in Aruba for sustainable economic development (local and external investors);
  • Advising and stimulating a micro-economic policy in the context of the price policy (price regulation), market protection policy (competition law) and National ordinance import, export and transit, consumer protection (consumer law), energy policy, shop closure policy.
  • Regulating local trade by issuing business permits, monitoring developments of business establishments and carrying out checks on compliance with the Establishment of business ordinance  in Aruba.
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