Packed program for visit of Taiwan’s president weekend

A packed program of appearances has been put together by the host government to allow for the widest possible interaction with local government officials, parliamentarians and other dignitaries. The Taiwanese President is also scheduled to visit some of the facilities and projects that have been largely funded by his government.

It is now almost 30 years since these two countries tied diplomatic knots, just after St. Kitts and Nevis emerged as the world’s newest nation, on 19th September, 1983. Taiwan was the first country that the new and first Prime Minister, Dr. Kennedy Simmonds, allowed to cement diplomatic relations with his emerging nation.

Since that early start, the ties between the two have grown substantially and now they are expected to enter a new realm with Ying-jeou’s visit.

While Taiwan continues to pour developmental aid into St. Kitts and Nevis, the Caribbean nation in return has been one of the strongest advocates for the inclusion of the Asian country as a full member of the United Nations and its supporting bodies and agencies.

A Visit to the Silver Jubilee Stadium with an early morning run with young athletes has been planned as part of the visit on Monday morning 19th August, 2013. The stadium was built in 2008 with funding from the Taiwanese, just ahead of the hosting of what turned out to be one of the most successful CARIFTA Games.

A State Banquet and State Luncheon are also on the agenda for the day before, Sunday, the day of his arrival at the Robert Bradshaw International Airport, where he will be given a red carpet welcome and received by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, Speaker of the National Assembly, and top Cabinet and parliamentary officials, at both the federal and local levels. A Guard of Honour drawn up by the Defence Force and Police Force will serve as part of the official welcome.

The two day State visit will include the signing of a treaty and the signing of a Joint Communiqué between the two countries. Prime Minister Douglas, Foreign Affairs Minister Patrice Nisbett and the Taiwanese president are all expected to make addresses during the scheduled functions.

A visit to the World Heritage Site, Brimstone Hill, the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm at Sir Gilles, Solar Farm under construction at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport will also form part of the visit.

On Monday President Ma will pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Douglas at his Government Headquarters Office, before the signing of a Joint Communiqué in the National Assembly Chambers, where remarks will be made by the two leaders after the exchange of documents.

The visiting president and his delegation will leave St. Kitts shortly after his meeting with the Prime Minister.


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