It is a cliché to say that our future is our youth. Cliché or not, however, we have plenty of reasons to be very proud of the youth of our Islands. In this Annual Report we continue the tradition of placing the spotlight on a particular development in our communities, and this year we dedicate the 2004 Annual Report to the youth of the islands of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. In this past year, young people of all ages have excelled in undertakings from sports to culture, from social work to literary publication, from individual accomplishment to team efforts.Through the youth high- lighted in this Report, we applaud and commend all who in one way or another have made their mark at a young age as a person to be reckoned with in our future.
Our loyal clients and dedicated employees showed resiliency, flexibility and perseverance through lockdowns and uncertainty. We are very proud and grateful to them for our net performance improvement.