Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet met here this week with a delegation of engineering experts from Taiwan.
The delegation, which was here from May 1 to 9, was led by Ambassador CHUNG, JER-MING.
It included senior experts from Taiwan’s Overseas Engineering Corporation (OECC) and CECI Engineering Consultants Inc.
The Taiwanese came here to conduct feasibility studies on the redevelopment of the Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) and road rehabilitation.
According to a release from the Taiwanese Embassy here, at a meeting Wednesday with the visitors at which Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Stephenson King was present, the Prime Minister noted that this country is experiencing steady growth in tourism.
As tourist arrivals continue to rise, HIA has reached its capacity, Chastanet was quoted as saying.
He added that the redevelopment of HIA is critical and hopes to see the project commence as soon as possible.
Regarding the major road project, Prime Minister Chastanet noted that local road network has deteriorated badly over the years due to extreme weather events and it was imperative to ensure the road safety of Saint Lucian people.
“The Prime Minister looks forward to the expertise and input provided by the Taiwanese experts,” the Taiwanese Embassy release stated.
It said Taiwanese Ambassador, Douglas Shen, stated that the government of Taiwan will work with Saint Lucia to facilitate the financing and construction of the two major projects.
“ He believed that the cooperation will not only serve to stimulate economic growth, but will also create more than 2,000 job opportunities,” the release observed.
Ambassador Shen reiterated that Taiwan’s commitment towards its allies and reaffirmed his government’s intention to further strengthen the mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries, the release observed.