Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to the Taiwan was named last week as the outgoing Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hubert Emmanuel.
The announcement was made Tuesday (October 6) by Taiwan’s new Ambassador to Saint Lucia, Ray Mou, at a special reception to mark Taiwan’s 104th national day.
Mr Emmanuel is a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, who has headed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for some time now.
There was much speculation as to who would be the first Saint Lucia Ambassador to Taiwan, especially after a Saint Lucia embassy opened there recently.
Mr Emmanuel’s appointment follows an official diplomatic protocol that saw the two capitals agree on the timing of the announcements of their respective new ambassadors, in Castries and Taipei.
Mr Emmanuel is expected to take up his appointment in Taipei very soon.
The Governments announced their new ambassadors to coincide with the official celebration of Taiwan’s 104th national day.
Taiwan’s National Day is observed on the tenth day of the tenth month every year, with the event described there as “The Double-Ten Anniversary”.
The actual official observance in Taiwan was on Saturday, October 10 hosted in Taipei by President Ma Ying-jeou.
Saint Lucia was represented at the official state function in Taiwan by Education Minister Dr Robert Lewis.