Taiwan Supports Tourism Skills Development in St Lucia
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.