The St. Kitts and Nevis foreign minister Mark Brantley has led a small group of government officials on a visit to the Republic of China (Taiwan).
During the visit, the group – including Eugene Hamilton of the Federal Cabinet, and Alexis Jeffers of the Nevis Island Administration – sought to expand the government’s ties with Taiwan with the country’s high level government officials.
Minister Lin, from the Council of Agriculture in Taiwan, acknowledged the beneficial nature of the relationship between the countries, and pledged the Council’s ongoing support to a variety of the projects already underway in St. Kitts and Nevis.
He also addressed his desire for the Council to work collaboratively with Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explore ways Taiwan may assist in the St. Kitts and Nevis agricultural development.
The St. Kitts and Nevis delegation also met with the Secretary General of Taiwan’s International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), Mr. Timothy Hsiang. The Secretary-General was pressed for increased ICDF scholarships for students from St. Kitts and Nevis.
The delegation also expressed an interest in welcoming professionals from Taiwan to teach Mandarin in St. Kitts and Nevis schools, as it “will prove invaluable to future trade and development. The people of St. Kitts and Nevis, particularly our young people, must be prepared to communicate globally”, Minister Brantley said.
During the delegation’s visit, the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis in Taiwan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly hosted a dinner for students and nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis who are living and studying in Taiwan on August 21.
“Our people are our primary resource and we must seek every available opportunity for their training and development,” Minister Brantley stated.