May 19, 2023 –WILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Economic Development, Minister Cijntje, representing the government of Curaçao, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Proteus Ocean Group, represented by Ms. Lisa Marrochino, to establish a groundbreaking partnership. This collaboration, known as the Proteus project, aims to boost Curaçao’s economy, foster scientific advancements, promote environmental conservation, and solidify the country’s global reputation as a leader in ocean innovation.
The Proteus project offers a significant opportunity for Curaçao to fuel its economy by increasing tourism, creating permanent local jobs, and positioning the country as a leader in ocean innovation and technology.
At the heart of the Proteus project lies the state-of-the-art Proteus Habitat, also known as the “International Space Station of the Ocean.” This cutting-edge underwater facility will serve as a hub for innovative research and development projects, including scientific research, oceanographic studies, robotics testing, extreme environmental testing, and sustainable blue economy initiatives. Collaboration with the University of Curaçao Dr. Moises da Costa Gomez will enhance research capabilities and foster academic partnerships.
Proteus is dedicated to promoting ocean sustainability, restoration, and conservation activities. By mandating the health of the reef areas surrounding Proteus, the project ensures the protection of rare ecosystems. Curaçao’s commitment to environmental preservation will contribute to climate change adaptation, marine life conservation, and advancements in blue economy objectives.
Curaçao’s role as the first host jurisdiction for Proteus establishes the country as a global leader in ocean conservation. The project’s Immersive Experience Centers will attract tourism and raise awareness about the importance of ocean conservation. This will further enhance Curaçao’s international status and visibility. Collaborative press and publicity efforts will maximize the public relations impact, benefiting both Curaçao and Proteus Ocean Group.
The MoU solidifies the cooperation between the parties, The Government of Curaçao and the Proteus Ocean Group, and their commitment to work together in the true spirit of partnership.