The Government of Saint Lucia (GOSL) is looking forward to strengthening diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan) during a state visit by Taiwanese President His Excellency Ma Ying- Jeou who arrives here on the evening of Thursday August 15th, 2013.
While on island the Taiwanese Leader will join Prime Minister Honourable Dr Kenny D Anthony in signing a Joint Communiqué signaling, inter alia, their respective Governments’ desire to foster closer ties in the future.
Cabinet Secretary Daryl Montrope says the Government of Saint Lucia cherishes diplomatic relations with Taiwan which was re-established in 2007.
“The visit really shows the strengthening of the relationship and the mutual respect between Saint Lucia and Taiwan, for President Ma it will be his first visit to Saint Lucia since assuming office and the second visit by a Taiwanese President since the re-establishment of relations in 2007. Whenever Heads of State visit a diplomatic alley it is important for the countries to show the strength of the relationship and this state visit is no exception because of course we know the importance and the attention that the Taiwan issue has generated and am certain many people here will be interested in hearing what President Ma has to say and what will be the results of that visit to Saint Lucia.”
In the spirit of true diplomacy the Government of Saint Lucia has extended to President Ma the courtesy and honour of addressing a joint sitting of the Senate and House of Assembly of Saint Lucia on Friday August 16th 2013.
Also on that Friday, President Ma will make a courtesy call on Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy as well as Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, to exchange views on issues of mutual interest.
The Cabinet Secretary says several other activities are planned to allow the Taiwanese President the opportunity to interact with a cross section of the Saint Lucia population.
“The Taiwanese President is expected to have some meeting on Friday August 16th with media officials and other tourism and hotel personalities. President Ma will also visit facilities and projects sponsored and financed by the Government of Taiwan inclusive of the Union Agricultural Station and on that same Friday evening he will also attend a state banquet so he has a packed schedule and arrangements are currently being made to ensure that him and his delegation enjoy their time while in Saint Lucia.”
The Taiwanese President will be met on arrival at the tar mark of the Hewanorra International Airport by a government delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Phillip J Pierre.
Although he will be based in Saint Lucia, President Ma will also visit neighbouring St. Vincent and St Kitts.
During his stay the Government of Saint Lucia will afford the Taiwanese President and his delegation all due courtesies.