Taiwan has already agreed, as expressed through a joint communiqué signed by the leaders of the two countries, to provide further economic assistance in tourism, information and communication technologies and also the capacity building of the human capital. However in the area of agriculture, a field in which the Taiwanese have applied much effort since being here over the past 30 years, the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm at Sir Gilles is being viewed by some in government, as an initiative that could help to “transform the national economy from that of sugar agriculture to tourism and hospitality services’, as stated in a recent release.
For the St. Kitts & Nevis Prime Minister this 20-acre farm is one of the ways, he feels that his government is demonstrating its commitment to find the necessary vehicle for the economic development of the country and also to lead on the development in the lives of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
A visit to the farm was one of the highlights of the visit by President Ma Ying-Jeou, who was on island from Sunday 18th to Monday 19th August, 2013.
Douglas has said that the farm shows that his Government is ready and serious about creating a synergistic relationship between diversified agriculture and tourism.
For the past 30 years and more St. Kitts and Nevis has been struggling to truly diversify its economy and also the agricultural sector itself.
The combination that successive governments have tried to model is a mix between tourism and agriculture. This, it is felt, will enhance the development of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, as expressed by Dr. Douglas, when he gave remarks at the Demonstration Farm last Sunday.
Dr. Douglas was quoted by his press office as saying that the project embodies a commitment for the neutral enhancement of the lives of the people in Taiwan and St. Kitts and Nevis. For him, he attaches great importance to the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm, and admitted that he it demonstrates, even more than any other project between the two countries, just how committed they are in pursuing the relationship that is not only demonstrated in the political arenas around the world, but that it demonstrates their commitment as two countries, as two People’s and as two Governments, to enhance the lives of the ordinary people of St. Kitts and Nevis…”