PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony hosted a delegation of Youth Ambassadors from the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the Official Residence of the Prime Minister, today, Thursday, September 18, 2014.
The delegation of twenty, which included a Leader, Deputy Leader, an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and seventeen Youth Ambassadors, was presented by H. E. James Chang, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia.
Prime Minister Anthony welcomed the delegation to Saint Lucia and shared with them the significance of Saint Lucia’s relationship with the Republic of China (Taiwan). During the exchange, he spoke of his experience when he visited Taiwan in 2013. Dr. Anthony also shared some of the unique attributes of Saint Lucia, such as our creole heritage and the achievement of two Nobel Laureates.
In response to a question from one of the Ambassadors on the importance of education to the people of Saint Lucia, Prime Minister Anthony emphasized that while Saint Lucia had attained Universal Secondary School Education, the quality of education remained a concern. He indicated that the focus of Government at this time is to provide students with access to technology, as it serves as the “great equalizer”, giving every Saint Lucian child access to the same information as any other child in the world.
During their stay in Saint Lucia, the Youth Ambassadors paid a courtesy visit to Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of Saint Lucia, the Ministers for Education and Youth Development and Sports and also visited the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, where they participated in a number of activities. They also visited the Castries Market and the Pigeon Island Landmark. The Ambassadors spoke highly of their stay in Saint Lucia and indicated that they were particularly impressed with the warmth of our people.
A cultural showcase was hosted by the Ambassadors at the National Cultural Centre on Friday, September 12, 2014.
The Ambassadors left Saint Lucia for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on September 14 and returned to Saint Lucia today. The delegation is expected to leave Saint Lucia at 2:45pm today.