Tai­wan Sup­ports Tourism Skills De­vel­op­ment in St Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

An open­ing cer­e­mony for a “Na­tional Tourism Skills De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme” was held on Jan­uary 30, 2017 at the Min­istry for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Hous­ing, Ur­ban Re­newal, Civil Avia­tion. Both Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet and Am­bas­sador Ray Mou of the Re­pub­lic of China (Tai­wan) at­tended the cer­e­mony.

Am­bas­sador Mou, on be­half of the Tai­wan Gov­ern­ment, pre­sented a fund­ing of US $60,000 to spon­sor the pro­gramme. This do­na­tion will go to­wards the fa­cil­i­ta­tion of ca­pac­ity build­ing of hun­dreds of young per­sons from the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, en­abling them to ob­tain skills in the hospi­tal­ity busi­ness, and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet pointed out that there are new, high-qual­ity ho­tels un­der con­struc­tion in Saint Lu­cia. He ex­pects to turn the coun­try into a world-class brand by en­sur­ing that the mem­bers of the hospi­tal­ity in­dus­try pos­sess the nec­es­sary hu­man re­sources with good skills. He also ex­pressed thank­ful­ness to Am­bas­sador Mou and his gov­ern­ment.

Min­is­ter Guy Joseph of the Min­istry of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment also at­tended the cer­e­mony. He em­pha­sized the need for stronger work ethics in the hospi­tal­ity sec­tor. Both Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet and Min­is­ter Joseph at­trib­uted the orig­i­nal­ity of the pro­gramme to Min­is­ter Do­minic Fedee for his cre­ative think­ing.

With the in­crease in the num­ber of jobs that will be avail­able, Am­bas­sador Mou men­tioned that he ex­pects to see this timely train­ing pro­gramme cre­ate more qual­i­fied hu­man re­sources to fit into the tourism sec­tor in the long run. He said it was his un­der­stand­ing that this is the first time for a Tourism Hu­man Re­source Train­ing be­tween Tai­wan and Saint Lu­cia. To spon­sor youth de­vel­op­ment train­ing, es­pe­cially in the ma­jor in­dus­try of tourism in Saint Lu­cia, rep­re­sents a new step of co­op­er­a­tion pat­tern be­tween th­ese two coun­tries.

Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet (left) with Tai­wanese Am­bas­sador Ray Mou.

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