Prime Minister Harris Holds High-Level Talks with ROC President

Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 21, 2015: The mutual benefits that arise out of the relationship between the governments and people of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan) were highlighted when Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris met with His Excellency President Ma Ying-jeou at the Presidential Palace in Taipei, yesterday (August 20).

President Ma acknowledged that the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has been a faithful partner and friend to Taiwan and expressed gratitude for the strong support at the United Nations for Taiwan’s inclusion into various agencies and institutions. President Ma also highlighted some of the projects sponsored by Taiwan, that are currently being implemented in the Federation, and expressed willingness for the expansion of cooperation between the two nations.

Similarly, Prime Minister Harris recounted the history and cooperation between the two countries that began with an agricultural mission in 1981.

“Over time our relations have evolved and expanded,” Prime Minister Harris elaborated. “From the L.E.D. lights that illuminate our roads, to capacity building through the well-established scholarship programme … from the solar farm that reduces the cost of electricity to the Eco-Park built using Taiwanese cutting edge technologies…our people have grown closer and our ties have been reaffirmed.”

Prime Minister Harris reiterated the Federation’s commitment to lending its voice toward the inclusion of the Republic of China (Taiwan) as a credible and important partner in global affairs.

“We have no doubt that Taiwan has proven to be a strong, steady and supportive partner in many ways that are tangible and lasting,” Prime Minister Harris said. “Taiwan has left an indelible footprint on our landscape and in our hearts, and in recognition of Taiwan as a technologically advanced nation, a compassionate and committed friend, and a responsible partner, St. Kitts and Nevis will unreservedly continue to advocate for Taiwan’s inclusion and acceptance as a global player on a global stage.”

Definitive areas that were mentioned by the Prime Minister included healthcare services, e-government and renewable energy. In turn, President Ma recalled his visit to the Federation in 2013, noting that he was impressed with the solar farm and quite surprised at the strength and consistency of the wind at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International airport. As such, he identified wind farms as potential sources of energy. President Ma further stated that specific Taiwanese firms already active in the renewable energy field, had made in-roads in other friendly allied states including St. Kitts and Nevis. He committed the government of Taiwan to expanding the scope of its support to the Federation.

The Prime Minister’s visit to the Presidential Palace continued with a banquet held in his honour and included members of the business community and the health care sector. Banquet guests also included the faculty from National Yang Ming University, a leading University in health education that Prime Minister Harris had visited during the day. Chairman Mike Hung, a Taiwanese businessman with an investment in the Eco-Park in St. Kitts, and former Ambassador to the Federation, His Excellency Miguel Tsao also attended the banquet.

Prime Minister Harris is scheduled to visit the Embassy of St. Christopher and Nevis in Taiwan where he will meet with students from the Federation before concluding his official visit.

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