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