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(PRESS RELEASE) – A donation ceremony for “Rehabilitation of the Praslin and Savannes Bay Fisheries Facilities” was held at Savannes Bay on 29th January 2018.
Hon. Ezechiel Joseph, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, Hon. Herod Stanislaus, Minister in the Ministry, H.E. Douglas Shen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), fisheries officers and local residents attended the ceremony. Ambassador Shen, on behalf of the Taiwan Government, presented a funding of 1.4 million EC dollars to sponsor this program.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Shen said that fishing is one of the most important economic activities to the local people. To promote the development of fishing industry in Saint Lucia, the two governments have worked together in relevant projects since 2007 and had achieved several concrete achievements. For instance, the Aquaculture project which was handed over to Saint Lucia government last year, has facilitated capacity building of all stakeholders and making Saint Lucia the top aquaculture country in OECS.
Furthermore, first aid kit and ice boxes on vessels were provided to many fishermen, and the jetties in Praslin and Savannes Bay were rebuilt. He noted that Taiwan government will continue to work with the Saint Lucian government to enhance the working environment for the local fishermen and bring benefits to the coastal communities.
Both Hon. Ezechiel Joseph and Hon. Herod Stanislaus expressed their thankfulness to Ambassador Shen and Taiwan government for their generosity in supporting the development of fisheries industry and are also happy to see Taiwan government continuously to give their support in the program.
Minister Ezechiel Joseph emphasized that Praslin and Savannes Bay are premier fishing sites of the island. The need for infrastructural improvements in the two communities is imperative. He also promised that maintaining sustainability of the fisheries industry will continue to be one of the main priorities for the Ministry.
The renovation of the site will include the construction of a boat ramp to facilitate landings as well as a washroom facility for enhanced processing and sanitation of fish products for public consumption.