While the ties of diplomacy are with Taiwan, it has been the nation of mainland China that has been aiding its citizens in establishing business entities in the Caribbean nation, though this has been met with much objection from the ordinary Kittitian and Nevisian, not over the politics of Taiwan and China, but the high levels of concessions that are alleged to have been granted to them.
The next official visit of the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, to Taiwan, is therefore intended to “woo manufacturers” to the island, according to a government release on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas who is due to leave here for Taiwan on Wednesday, 23rd October, is making the trip, said the release, at the invitation of Taiwan’s President, Ma Ying-jeou, who himself paid an official visit to St. Kitts and Nevis earlier this year.
The Government has indicated that the visit is expected to attract Taiwanese businesses, especially manufacturing plants.
Douglas has said that his visit is in keeping with his Government’s policy of seeking new business which will provide job opportunities for Kittitians and Nevisians, injecting foreign direct investment and grow the economy.
The delegation will be comprised of six persons including Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Edmeade; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Astona Browne; Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, Erasmus Williams; Chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank and Vice Chairman of the Manufacturing Division of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Linkon Maynard and: Manager of Api Harowe and Past President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Carol Evelyn.
Prime Minister Douglas will also meet and hold discussions with the Taiwan Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Yung and officials of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Prime Minister Douglas and his delegation will also hold talks with the .Chairman of the Foreign Trade Council and Taiwanese businessmen during a Trade and Investment Promotion meeting. A business session will also be held with members of the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, continued the release from the government.
The government said that visits will also be made to Kinmen County Government, the Chushan Gallery, the Maestro Wu Artillery Shell Knives Factory, the Da-Tan Wind Power Plant and the IDCF to discuss a new programme for renewable energy.
While in Taiwan, the Prime Minister will pay a courtesy call on President Ma on Friday at the Presidential Palace on Friday afternoon and be special guest at a State Banquet hosted by President Ma.
On Saturday, he visits the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis in Taipei and meets with Ambassador Jasmine Huggins and Kittitian and Nevisian students studying in Taiwan.