Saint Lucia diplomat Edwin Laurent has told Taiwan News that this country has seen a ‘dramatic transformation’ since independence in 1979.
The publication quoted the Saint Lucia Ambassador to Taiwan as saying on Monday that over the years poverty has declined.
Laurent also said that the literacy rate has increased in Saint Lucia.
We have become masters of our own destiny,” he said.
However, Laurent acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the nation’s economy to near collapse, because it largely depends on tourism.
But he told Taiwan News that Saint Lucia is no stranger to adversity.
Laurent expressed the view that Saint Lucia is on the right track to recovery from COVID-19.
He made reference to Saint Lucia obtaining COVID-19 vaccines.
And the Saint Lucia diplomat explained that once most of the population gets vaccinations, then “we should be okay domestically.”
Saint Lucia observed 42 years of independence on Monday.
The theme for the observance was: ‘ “A Resilient Nation. We can. We will.”
Ambassador Laurent said that since its independence, Saint Lucia became focused on improving the “livelihoods of our people and meeting their dreams and aspirations”.
He also said Saint Lucia works to bring about a better world that will be aligned with its core values of justice, peace, democracy, and respect for human rights.
In this regard, Laurent asserted that Saint Lucia’s partnership with Taiwan has been very special.
Laurent recalled that Taiwan was one of the first countries with which Saint Lucia established diplomatic relations in 1979.
“42 years later, our first and only embassy in the whole of Asia is right here in Taipei,” he acknowledged.