By Anicia Antoine
(GIS) — The Government of Saint Lucia held an investiture ceremony to honor outgoing ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
His Excellency, Douglas Cheng-Tsung Shen, received the Saint Lucia Medal of Honor, gold.
HE Douglas Shen first presented his Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Saint Lucia on March 22, 2017. During his tenure, the ambassador facilitated many valuable projects that contribute significantly to the national development of Saint Lucia and enhanced the livelihood of Saint Lucians.
The Minister for External Affairs, Hon. Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, affirmed the deep-rooted diplomatic relations and bilateral cooperation between Saint Lucia and the Republic of China, and hailed the efforts of Ambassador Shen during his tenure.
“Your stint has been characterized by an intense diplomacy—strategic, quiet and effective. You have represented the people of your country very well here and you’ve represented the interests of Saint Lucia not just here, but in your country,” she said.
Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Allen Chastanet expressed gratitude to Ambassador Shen for his efforts at deepening the relations between Saint Lucia and Taiwan.
“Under your stewardship, relations between Saint Lucia and Taiwan have reached new heights in terms of productivity. No longer is it strictly between our two governments, it has now broadened to include ties between our private sector as well. It is also mainly through your persistent efforts that Saint Lucia has been able to access loan funding from the Taiwan Import Export Bank to finance the reconstruction of the Hewanorra International Airport.”
The outgoing ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Douglas Shen, stated that it was a privilege to have served the people of Saint Lucia and expressed gratitude to the Government of Saint Lucia for the honor bestowed upon him.
“I receive the medal of honor with appreciation and humility for it is not only a reclamation of my service here but also a symbol of the everlasting bond between Taiwan and Saint Lucia. I believe the existing partnership between our two countries will only grow and prosper in the near future. I am very grateful that I’ve been able to contribute something to Saint Lucia.”
The Investiture Ceremony took place on July 7, at the Government House.