Taiwan ambassador pledges support

CHARLESTOWN, St. Kitts & Nevis: Rong-chaun Wu, Taiwan’s resident ambassador in St. Kitts and Nevis, has assured that his government would continue to give their unwavering support to developmental projects in the Caribbean nation.

Wu’s disclosure came as he handed over a US$300,000 cheque to Premier Joseph Parry, at a groundbreaking ceremony for police barracks at Belle Vue last week.

“The people and the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), we don’t forget the staunch support from the government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the people for the last 26 years although we are separated so far apart. I want to assure you that we are so grateful for the support of St. Kitts and Nevis in the international community.

“Within the next 12 years our governments will commit without any doubt to continue to contribute to the development of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis as a good friend; we will come to the urgent need,” Wu said.

Wu, a former police officer in Taiwan, said he deeply understood the need to increase the effectiveness of law enforcement in the Federation.

“We Taiwanese always say a great piece of sculpture is impossible without proper tools and instruments,” Wu said. “If we want to sharpen the weapons of the police, we have to facilitate the accommodation of the police.”

Wu said that earlier this year Parry had expressed his concerns about the lack of accommodation for the police stationed in Nevis.

Wu listed a number of cooperative projects his embassy had been engaged in on St. Kitts, including the provision of camera surveillance equipment for the State Prison and in strategic areas of Basseterre.

Wu also announced that Nevis would soon receive assistance in areas of agriculture development.

“Earlier, before this function, I also had the honour to get together with Minister Hector and his colleagues and we discussed a wide range of issues on agricultural development. I personally feel the emergency to upgrade the agricultural environment on this island.

“I assure you that the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the Federation will spare no efforts in working together with other colleagues in the federal government and in the Nevis Island administration to further develop our cooperative projects,” Wu said.

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