Tai­wan do­nates US$200,000 for Matthew af­fected farm­ers!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - By Chris­tian Wayne

At a spe­cial cer­e­mony on Tues­day evening the Tai­wanese Mis­sion in Saint Lu­cia marked the 105th es­tab­lish­ment of the Repub­lic of China- Na­tional Day or oth­er­wise known as the Dou­ble Ten Day. Tai­wanese Na­tional Day com­mem­o­rates the 10th Oc­to­ber 1911 Wuchang Upris­ing, char­ac­ter­ized as a pe­riod that marked the be­gin­ning of the rev­o­lu­tion from nearly two mil­len­nia of im­pe­rial rule un­der the Chi­nese royal class. Hosted at the Rex Saint Lu­cia by the is­land’s Tai­wanese Mis­sion, the cer­e­mony was at­tended by Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet and sev­eral of his Cabi­net col­leagues. Also in at­ten­dance was re­cently elected leader of the House op­po­si­tion Mr. Philip J. Pierre and other mem­bers of the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party.

On the spe­cial oc­ca­sion the ROC (Tai­wan) pledged USD $200,000 in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Saint Lu­cian farm­ers suf­fer­ing the ef­fects of Hur­ri­cane Matthew, which also rav­aged Haiti, Cuba, and much of the Florid­ian coast­line. Ac­cord­ing to PM Chas­tanet dur­ing his ini­tial as­sess­ment post Hur­ri­cane Matthew, “85% of the agri­cul­tural sec­tor has been dam­aged.”

Tai­wan also do­nated a sim­i­lar amount to as­sist re­cov­ery fol­low­ing the pass­ing of the Christ­mas trough of 2014. Tai­wan has demon­strated a con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia since the re­open­ing of diplo­matic re­la­tions in 2007.

Other cur­rent co­op­er­a­tion un­der­tak­ings between Tai­wan and the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia in­clude the Banana Black Si­ga­toka Treat­ment and Preven­tion Pro­ject; Fruit and Vegetable Demon­stra­tion and Ex­ten­sion Pro­ject and the Aqua­cul­ture Co­op­er­a­tion Pro­ject.

Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet joined Tai­wanese Am­bas­sador Ray H. W. Mou with a toast to cel­e­brate the ROC Na­tional Day com­mem­o­ra­tion ear­lier this week. The PM used the op­por­tu­nity to thank the allied na­tion for their long­stand­ing friend­ship and pledged Saint Lu­cia’s sup­port to Tai­wan on their con­tin­ued jour­ney as a na­tion.

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