Taiwan funds Constituency Development Program

GIS: Ambassador Douglas Shen Presented in Excess of US$5 Million to the Government of Saint Lucia.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) recently made a donation to Saint Lucia’s Constituency Development Program (CDP).

The brief ceremony took place at the Office of Prime Minister on Oct. 19, and saw Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Douglas Shen, present in excess of US$5 million to the Governement of Saint Lucia—an amount geared at facilitating the many projects that form part of the CDP.

“The CDP since 2007, the Republic of China, and Saint Lucia restored our diplomatic relationships and our two governments worked together for the CDP program. Over the last ten years, this program has completed more than 1500 projects all over the country in different communities. I believe that so far it has created over 20,000 jobs in Saint Lucia for our Saint Lucian friends.

“The Taiwanese always keep their word and today I am very happy to be delivering more than US$5,000,000 to the governmenmt. I believe under the leadership of the Prime Minister the money will be used in the best way to create more jobs, to complete more projects in the local communities.”

The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Allen Chastanet, commented on the beneficial relationship between the two countries.

“Today is a great day for my government in relation to the funds that we are getting to start the CDP program,” Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said. “I also want to take the moment to share with you the vision we have moving forward, and I want to especially thank the ambassador for the interaction that we have been having, because he has really been listening and we have been listening as well, and so we can really take this relationship to a different level. But clearly, there has to be a relationship that is driven hard by economics and, as I said to you this is an opportunity where your country can benefit from an outpost in this region, and we can benefit from a country that has been vvery successful in those areas.”

He ended by thanking the Taiwanese Ambassador, and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for their continued support.