The government of Taiwan today announced a new phase of Constituency Development Programme (CDP) cooperation with Saint Lucia for 2016, in the sum of five million US dollars.
The announcement was made by Taiwan’s Ambassador to Saint Lucia, Ray Mou, who presented the first installment of the funds in the sum of four million US dollars.
The remaining one million US dollars will be presented in October.
Speaking at a ceremony this morning in the cabinet room of the office of the Prime Minister, Mou described the CDP as one of the most important initiatives between his country and Saint Lucia since 2007.
He told a gathering that included Prime Minister Allen Chastanet that the initiative has seen over one thousand projects being completed with the creation of some eight thousand jobs.
Mou observed that the CDP has enhanced the development of a number of communities throughout Saint Lucia through the construction of flood mitigation, drainage, soil stabilization, pedestrian foot paths and community access roads.
The Taiwanese diplomat assured Prime Minister Allen Chastanet that through the joint efforts of his country and Saint Lucia, the “meaningful” CDP will continue to create jobs for the people and enhance the safety of the environment.