Saint Lu­cia and Tai­wan ce­ment ties with In­vest­ment in In­fras­truc­ture

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) was praised for its sup­port to de­vel­op­ing na­tions by Saint Lu­cia's Prime Min­is­ter Hon­ourable Allen Chas­tanet dur­ing an of­fi­cial visit to Taipei. Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet also ex­pressed that Saint Lu­cia and Tai­wan face sim­i­lar chal­lenges on the world stage and the two coun­tries must con­tinue to stand to­gether.

The prime min­is­ter, along with a del­e­ga­tion which in­cluded Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment, Hous­ing, Ur­ban Re­newal, Trans­port and Civil Avi­a­tion, Hon­ourable Guy Joseph, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the De­part­ment of Fi­nance Ms. Cointha Thomas and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the De­part­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Mr. Phillip Dal­sou, ar­rived in Tai­wan on Oc­to­ber 6 for the four-day visit to dis­cuss devel­op­ment is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther strength­en­ing of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Saint Lu­cia and the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan).

The del­e­ga­tion was also hon­oured to take part in ac­tiv­i­ties to mark Tai­wan's 107th Na­tional Day or Dou­ble Ten Day.

Dur­ing re­marks at the Mil­i­tary Pa­rade, Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet con­grat­u­lated the Govern­ment and peo­ple of Tai­wan and reaf­firmed Saint Lu­cia's com­mit­ment to Tai­wan, stat­ing: “We, Saint Lu­cia, even if we are in the mi­nor­ity, stand shoul­der to shoul­der with Tai­wan . . . We boldly reaf­firm here, as we did in the World Health Assem­bly, the United Na­tions and else­where on the world stage, our friendship.”

The of­fi­cial trip in­cluded a visit to the Taoyuan District Agri­cul­tural Re­search and Ex­ten­sion Sta­tion, Coun­cil of Agri­cul­ture, a lun­cheon hosted by H.E. Dr. David Tawei Lee, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, a state ban­quet and bi­lat­eral dis­cus­sions be­tween Pres­i­dent Dr. Tsai Ing-wen and Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet. The govern­ment's lat­est dis­cus­sions with Tai­wan in­clude con­tin­ued co-op­er­a­tion in the ar­eas of tech­nol­ogy, agri­cul­ture, trade and as­sis­tance in the area of in­fras­truc­ture with fi­nanc­ing for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the He­wanorra In­ter­na­tional Air­port and road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen for her part says that the two na­tions have strong and cor­dial bi­lat­eral ties and she hopes to visit Saint Lu­cia soon to per­son­ally wit­ness its beauty. Pres­i­dent Tsai has also stated that Tai­wan's govern­ment will ac­tively en­cour­age top Tai­wanese man­u­fac­tur­ers to in­vest in in­fras­truc­ture in Saint Lu­cia to help its devel­op­ment and el­e­vate the part­ner­ship.

Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet (left) is greeted with a hand­shake by Pres­i­dent Dr. Tsai Ing-wen.

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