So says Taiwan’s Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Miguel Tsao during a reception in honour of Sunday’s inauguration of President His Excellency Ma Ying-jeou, and Vice President, His Excellency Wu Den-yih, former Premier.
He told Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, Cabinet ministers, the Speaker of the National Assembly and senior government officials that during his first term, President Ma farsightedly outlined the role for Taiwan in the international community.
“A peacemaker, a provider of humanitarian aid, a promoter of cultural ties, a creator of new technologies and business opportunities, and the standard bearer of Chinese culture. Tangible achievements in these fields as well as in the cross strait relationship with mainland China reflected favorably on the Presidential elections in January, and the result has won President Ma another four-year term to further fulfill his mandate,” said Ambassador Tsao.
He pointed out that as recently as in early April, when speaking at an American Chamber of Commerce Taipei banquet, President Ma shared his thoughts on how Taiwan can and must further build up its global competitiveness.
“The five undertakings which are to form the pillars of this grand national development include trade liberalization, comprehensive restructuring of major industries, rationalization of utility rates, internationalization of education system, and attracting foreign talent to enrich domestic labor pool,” said the Taiwan diplomat.
“Over the course of few decades, Taiwan has gone from a recipient of international aid to a donor today. Looking back, we are forever grateful for the helping hand that helped Taiwan stand on its feet in the past; looking into the future, we cherish those who have been with us all these years and look forward to strengthening our friendship with them,” said Ambassador Tsao, who expressed pride to have the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis as a close ally.
“We thank you, Hon. Prime Minister, and your administration, for your long time staunch support in international arenas such as WHA, UN, International Aviation Organization (ICAO) and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),” he said.
Ambassador Tsao pledged Taiwan’s “commitment to continue working with you for the mutual interests and well-being of our two peoples.
Working hand-in-hand, let us make our two countries stand out and glow together. Taiwan and St. Kitts and Nevis are small countries, if we work and put together, we will be tallawah,” he said.