Tai­wanese Am­bas­sador Ray H.W. Mou Sadly Bids Farewell to Saint Lu­cia

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His Ex­cel­lency Am­bas­sador Ray H.W. Mou was pleased to meet with var­i­ous me­dia houses on Tues­day 14 Fe­bru­ary, 201, to present the progress of all the projects through which the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) and Saint Lu­cia cre­ated homely and diplo­matic ties.

He ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia for help­ing him and his mis­sion have a favourable stay. Dur­ing his salu­ta­tions he noted the foods that he es­pe­cially en­joyed eat­ing (with the right cre­ole pro­nun­ci­a­tions, too) and his ex­cit­ing trips to and from the south of the is­land after Trop­i­cal Storm Matthew.

Then it was time to get down to busi­ness. Am­bas­sador Mou gave a thor­ough pre­sen­ta­tion of in­fras­truc­tural, agri­cul­tural, med­i­cal, and hu­man­i­tar­ian projects the Tai­wanese Em­bassy has as­sisted the gov­ern­ment with over the years and shared statis­tics, some of which had pre­vi­ously not been widely known.

Ac­cord­ing to the Am­bas­sador hun­dreds of farm­ers, aqua farm­ers, civil ser­vants and stu­dents have ben­e­fit­ted from Tai­wan’s con­tri­bu­tions. Job op­por­tu­ni­ties were in­creased by thou­sands and the em­bassy es­tab­lished some 50 co-op­er­a­tion projects.

Am­bas­sador Mou’s pre­sen­ta­tion in­cluded be­fore and after pic­tures, that he was ec­static to share, of con­stituency de­vel­op­ment projects that had been com­pleted, in­clud­ing the Praslin and Sa­vannes Bay jet­ties. A num­ber of other in­ter­est­ing ven­tures were rec­og­nized in­clud­ing a meat pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity, con­tri­bu­tion to the re­con­struc­tion of the Wal­cott House, the Vigie Beach vend­ing fa­cil­ity, black siga­toka pre­ven­tion projects, sus­tain­able en­ergy projects, dis­as­ter re­lief ef­forts, im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Saint Lu­cia-Tai­wan Part­ner­ship Trade Ex­hi­bi­tion and so many oth­ers. The pre­sen­ta­tion was proof, if any was needed, that mem­bers of the Tai­wanese mis­sion in Saint Lu­cia have been ded­i­cated to aid­ing in any way pos­si­ble.

After his ad­dress, H.E. Ray Mou ex­pressed his heart­felt ap­pre­ci­a­tion for our coun­try and its peo­ple. The am­bas­sador is set to leave Saint Lu­cia by the end of Fe­bru­ary to carry out his du­ties in Kuwait. He re­marked that he will miss Saint Lu­cia and that the em­bassy’s work is not just for diplo­macy but also to help even in the small­est, in­ti­mate ways.

“Tai­wan has been very ef­fi­ciently per­form­ing here,” he said. “All these re­sources we share with Saint Lu­cia, it is di­rectly in­jected into your econ­omy like a ma­jor part of the Con­stituency De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (CDP). All these de­vel­op­ments are based on your own peo­ple’s ef­forts.”

Rich­mond Felix, Prin­ci­pal In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer from G.I.S. ren­dered his grat­i­tude to the am­bas­sador and Tai­wan on be­half of the gov­ern­ment and Saint Lu­cia.

The new am­bas­sador for Tai­wan will ar­rive in Saint Lu­cia in March 2017.

Tai­wanese Am­bas­sador Ray Mou at this week’s farewell en­gage­ment.

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