The need to change that fortune has been made clear as a critical part of the agenda of a current official visit to Taiwan by the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, who has been quoted by government sources as making a formal pitch during a courtesy call on Taiwan’s President, Dr. Ma Ying-Jeou, to woo private Taiwanese companies to establish a presence in the Caribbean nation.
However, the government release did not shed any light on what was the reaction from President Ma.
At the meeting, held at the Presidential Palace in Taipei, on Friday afternoon, (25th October, 2013, Dr. Douglas expressed the hope to see the emergence of a meaningful business partnership, in what the Prime Minister termed, a new phase of development in his country.
He pointed out that from agriculture to renewable energy, from education to health care delivery and beyond, Taiwan has made lasting contributions to the advancement of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The value of the relationship between Taiwan and St. Kitts and Nevis was expounded on by Dr. Douglas, who told Ma, “Your country and mine have worked side-by-side for some thirty years now as my nation has strode bravely forward, determined to erase from our landscape and our psyches the harsh effects of three centuries of brutal, crushing slavery and meticulously imposed exclusionary colonialism. And, with equal dedication and fidelity, we have stood side by side with you – always ready to impress upon the world community of nations your extraordinary strengths, the constructive force that you represent thousands of miles beyond your shores and the importance of your being granted full and unfettered membership within all of the world bodies that were established to advance the socio-economic, scientific, political and other interests of mankind.”
He added, “It is well known that the degree of cooperation between our two nations goes far beyond the traditional and highly important diplomatic protocols that undergird relations between states. Indeed relations between our states have advanced to each of our countries taking the time, on an ongoing basis, to understand the aspirations of the other, and to use all of the influence that we each possess to advance the interests of the other,” said the Prime Minister.
He noted that the Republic of China (Taiwan) has been an extraordinary friend and ally of the Government and People of St. Kitts and Nevis,
Douglas stated that St. Kitts and Nevis is a highly attractive country for investors and as such went on to “invite Taiwan to be a part of this important – and indeed, historic – stage of our Nation’s continued forward movement.”
Douglas, who is also his country’s Finance Minister, stated that the opportunities for investment are real and quantifiable and it was partly on that basis, he extended the invitation to the members of the Taiwanese business community to help St. Kitts and Nevis. He said this was in keeping with the thirty-year tradition of partnership between the two countries and he is looking to the establishment of new business ventures in St. Kitts and Nevis that will redound to the progressive benefit of both our nations.
Dr. Douglas is also reported to have met with several business leaders at a forum called, “Trade and Investment Opportunities in St. Kitts and Nevis”. Douglas also visited the Taiwan Power Company Da-Tan Wind Power Plant.