(PRESS RELEASE) — Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Hermangild Francis returned from Taiwan on Friday, September 27, 2019, after a successful five-day fact-finding tour.
The minister, accompanied by Deputy Permanent Secretary within the Department of Home Affairs and National Security, Mr. Ricky Quinla,n benefited from meticulously planned visits to state institutions that are mainly focused on policing and citizen security.
Among the highlights of the Taiwan trip, the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Miguel Li- jey, held an introductory meeting with Minister Francis. He later met with national security counterparts including Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo – yung and Director General Chen Ja-chin of the National Police Agency.
“Discussions centered on citizen security. The Taiwanese officials explained that the citizens of Taiwan played a pivotal role in the security of the country by consistently being proactive in reporting acts of criminality. It sounded to me that they were just as vigilant as the police where crime was concerned,” Francis said.
The visiting officials also called on Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to Taiwan, Ambassador Edwin Laurent, at the St. Lucia Embassy. Minister Francis also met with Saint Lucian students who are currently attending university in Taiwan.
The Taiwan visit also included visits to the Investigation Bureau and the Ministry of Justice in Taiwan. Minister Francis noted that there are differences to the judicial systems of the diplomatic allies, however, he noted that there are areas of national security and the judiciary that Saint Lucia can model after Taiwan in the area of best practices.