Caribbean News in Brief — January 19-12

By Admin Thursday January 19 2012 in Caribbean
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Reaffirms commitment


BASSETERRE, St. Kitts & Nevis: Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to Taiwan following the re-election of Dr. Ma Ying-jeou as president.


Ma received 51 per cent of the votes, indicating that the people of Taiwan have maintained confidence in his ability to lead.


Douglas congratulated Ma, saying, “I am sure your country will continue to benefit from your great talent and experience. Indeed the road ahead will be filled with challenges and I assure you of my country’s firm support.”


“The government of St. Kitts & Nevis remains firmly committed to the friendship and fraternal goodwill that have characterized and guided the relationship. This, we trust, will continue to produce benefits of mutual advantage for both our countries.”


St. Kitts & Nevis and Taiwan have upheld diplomatic relations since the Caribbean nation gained political independence in 1983.


Happy to share


CHARLESTOWN, Nevis: Dominica’s Minister of Public Works, Energy and Ports, Rayburn Blackmoore, is happy that his country will be able to share geothermal development experiences with the Nevis Island Administration.


Following a meeting last week with Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Carlisle Powell, he said that both islands should discuss the fact that they were simultaneously pursuing the development of geothermal energy.


“I want to say to Minister Powell we are happy that Dominica is not going to compete with you and that is why we can have this open dialogue, this open and transparent relationship moving forward.


“We can share our experiences to ensure … that geothermal in itself is developed to its fullest potential for the benefit of our citizens and for civilization of the Caribbean on a whole,” he said.


“Because energy impacts on every sector in society, we believe that we have to afford the people of Dominica a cleaner and more reliable energy source and we believe that geothermal is the way to go.”

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