Swiss ambassador presents credentials

GIS:-HE Ambassador Chassot is also the First Swiss Representative to CARICOM.

The presentation of Letters of Credence by His Excellency Didier Chassot, Ambassador Designate of Switzerland to the Governor General of Saint Lucia took place on June 22.

HE Ambassador Chassot, who has also recently been accredited the first Swiss representative to CARICOM, expressed gratification in being appointed to the post.

“I am solely committed to best fulfil my duties the best that I can, and I would like to express the hope that in doing so I shall be able to rely on the valuable support of Your Excellency. My government follows with interest the developments taking place within your country and I have been charged to further enhance the favourable relations between our two governments and our two peoples. In another testimony of my government’s interests and commitment to the region I am also accredited to CARICOM as the first ever Swiss representative to the Caribbean Community—another responsibility that I look forward to fulfilling to the best of my abilities.”

Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy stated that Saint Lucia was looking forward to working with Switzerland on priority issues shared by both parties.

“I have taken note of Switzerland’s priorities as regards its development cooperation policy, priorities which centre on poverty reduction, climate change, health, democratic governance, and the rule of law. These are also the areas of special; interest to Saint Lucia in particular those that touch on poverty reduction and alleviation, the environment, climate change and health. As a small island developing state we are particularly vulnerable to the effects of environmental degradation and climate change, and so in this regard we are keen to strengthen our efforts at mitigation and resilience capacity building. We look forward therefore to co-operating with Switzerland on these vital areas as well as on others of special interest to the Switzerland Agency for Development Cooperation.”

Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet also welcomed His Excellency, Ambassador Didier Chassot on June 22 at a separate meeting. The Prime Minister and the Ambassador expressed commitment to strengthening relations between the two countries.