Taiwan’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia, Ray Mou ,paid a courtesy call on Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis yesterday pledging to work closely with Francis and City Councillors to improve relations between Taiwan and Castries.
He also spoke of plans for co-operation in security matters.
It was Mou’s first visit to the Castries City Council.
The Taiwanese diplomat observed that Castries and Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, are sister cities.
“That means the relations are already close,” Mou asserted.
“I am happy that I can work even more for the two beautiful Cities – they are both dynamic in business,” he declared.
He noted that Taiwan would do its best to facilitate the friendship, especially interactions between young people of both capitals.
Mou disclosed that form his discussion with Mayor Francis, he learned that security in Castries is a priority.
“For that we have already talked to the government of Saint Lucia about how can we help to facilitate the security procedures for the police officers,” he revealed, adding that Taiwan will be seeking to set up CCTV cameras along the streets of the capital to help reduce crime.
He said Taiwan would also promote co-operation between the police of the two countries.
Mou explained that the Taiwan Police University has training programmes.
He expressed the hope that Saint Lucia and Taiwan could have an agreement to introduce training programmes for local police at the university in Taiwan.
Mou recalled that Taiwan had donated a number of bins to Saint Lucia in the past to help with keeping Castries clean.
He said that perhaps there can be further initiatives from Taiwan to help improve the environment here.