Em­bassy of Tai­wan Funds Se­cond Phase of Sar­rot Multi-Pur­pose Court Ini­tia­tive

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Thurs­day, Jan­uary 12 the Em­bassy of the Repub­lic of Tai­wan pre­sented the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia with fund­ing for the se­cond phase of the Sar­rot Multi-Pur­pose Court ini­tia­tive. The pro­ceed­ings got un­der­way in the con­fer­ence room of the Fi­nance Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cen­tre in Point Seraphine.

At­tend­ing the han­dover cer­e­mony was Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Hous­ing, Ur­ban Re­newal, Trans­port and Civil Avi­a­tion Guy Joseph, Min­is­ter in the Min­istry for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Hous­ing, Ur­ban Re­newal, Trans­port and Civil Avi­a­tion Herod Stanis­las, Tai­wanese Am­baddsor H.E. Ray Mou and Ac­coun­tant Gen­eral Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Melisa An­drew.

The first speaker, Tai­wanese Am­bas­sador H.E. Ray Mou, ex­pressed grat­i­tude on be­half of his gov­ern­ment for the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in a mean­ing­ful way to Saint Lu­cia’s de­vel­op­ment. “This is the se­cond part, so to­day I am de­lighted to present $250,000, to the min­istry, and very soon you can wit­ness the nicely done court, for ev­ery­body, for the young peo­ple, neigh­bours, com­mu­nity peo­ple, for all kinds of ac­tiv­i­ties. I want to say con­grat­u­la­tions to the min­istry, Min­is­ter Joseph, and Min­is­ter Stanis­las, for your de­vo­tion to this very mean­ing­ful project.”

The am­bas­sador added: “I’d also like to ex­press again my gov­ern­ment’s staunch sup­port to Saint Lu­cia. In the open­ing of the New Year, 2017, we will con­tinue to do many new projects, and also we will carry on al­ready ex­ist­ing very solid co­op­er­a­tion, such as the [Con­stituency De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme] CDP. We are look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a new CDP co­op­er­a­tion fund com­ing in the near fu­ture.”

Min­is­ter Guy Joseph spoke next, re­lat­ing the gov­ern­ment’s grat­i­tude for the con­tin­ued sup­port of the Tai­wanese gov­ern­ment.

“We are re­ally grate­ful, am­bas­sador, and we hope that these sen­ti­ments will be con­veyed to your peo­ple and your gov­ern­ment, that we do not just see these as projects alone; it is the re­la­tion­ship that ex­ists be­tween the two coun­tries, and how these projects have been mean­ing­ful, in terms of im­prov­ing the lives of peo­ple of the var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties,” the min­is­ter said. “It is not just a mat­ter of what is built, but what is the use of it, and how it im­proves the lives of the peo­ple of the com­mu­nity. So, Mr Am­bas­sador, thank you very much for the con­tri­bu­tion that is be­ing made to en­hance the lives of the peo­ple, es­pe­cially in the Sar­rot com­mu­nity.”

The two-in-one project in­cludes a com­mu­nity cen­tre of 240 square feet of space on the ground floor, and on the up­per deck a full sized court (60 x 80 feet).

At Thurs­day’s event Min­is­ter Guy Joseph hinted at the like­li­hood of the fa­cil­ity be­ing open in time for In­de­pen­dence in Fe­bru­ary.

“We are in the process of putting up the lights, win­dows and doors up­stairs, and paint­ing,” the min­is­ter said. “That’s about what we have to do, and this money will be very handy in be­ing able to see to it that we can com­plete this work.”

Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Hous­ing, Ur­ban Re­newal, Trans­port and Civil Avi­a­tion Guy Joseph (left) at Thurs­day’s cheque pre­sen­ta­tion with Tai­wanese Am­bas­sador H.E. Ray Mou.

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