by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A delegation from St. Kitts and Nevis is in the Republic of China (Taiwan) for a four-day state visit which started with the journey to Taiwan on November 5.
On his inaugural trip to Taiwan, Prime Minister Hon. Dr Terrance Drew reported that the visit to the country has been fruitful.. The Prime Minister said he and his delegation had had several high-level meetings with the President of ROC (Taiwan), Her Excellency Dr Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s Premier, their Minister of Mainland Affairs, and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President, Lai Ching-te, hosted a state luncheon followed by a welcome ceremony on November 8 with military honours and bilateral talks.
At the welcome ceremony, Dr Drew said it was an honour to visit the Federation’s developmental partner.
“This state visit to the Republic of China (Taiwan) is significant in more ways than one. It strengthens the solid platform built for well over three decades, which allows us to implement projects under the broad rubric of functional cooperation. It also places us at the threshold of a new era of enhanced partnership where we consider creative solutions to the challenges which threatened to prevent us from achieving our development objectives,” said the Prime Minister at the Military Salute held in honour of the Federation in Taiwan.
The Prime Minister said the Federation could not deny the rich legacy of technical and financial assistance, capacity building and international advocacy Taiwan has imparted since the Federation’s independence 39 years ago, sharing that many have benefited from scholarships to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees to then return to the Federation and contribute to the country’s development.
“While other countries are endowed with rich mineral resources, our people are our resource base. It is, therefore, prudent for us to continually strive to build our human resource capacity. We are eternally grateful to the government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for their valuable assistance in achieving this objective.”
Dr Drew said that he and his delegation are anxious to meet with stakeholders from Government and civil society to explore other avenues of collaboration to promote further advancement.
With the Prime Minister in Taiwan, Ambassador Donya Francis formally presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the Presidential Palace in Taipei. H.E. Donya Francis is the second Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to the Republic of China (Taiwan) since the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis was opened in Taipei on January 28, 2008.
The delegation will also meet with Kittitian and Nevisian students at the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis.