A donation ceremony for “2019 Constituency Development Programme (CDP) Phase II” was held at Government Finance Building on 11 December 2019. H.E. Ambassador Douglas Shen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Honourable Guy Joseph, Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Civil Aviation, presided over the ceremony. Also present was the Honourable Dominic Fedee, Minister for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Culture and Creative Industries.
In his remarks, Ambassador Shen noted that the 2019 CDP Phase II will focus on providing basic and critical livelihood infrastructure to areas including but not limited to Babonneau, Central Castries, Castries Southeast , Castries East and Choiseul.
Ambassador Shen further stated that the Government of Taiwan has worked with the Saint Lucian government to initiate CDP to improve the wellness of the Saint Lucian people since 2007. Projects such as flood mitigation, drainage, pedestrian footpaths, community access roads, school facility and bus stations are all implemented by local contractors with high standard and have brought not only benefits to every household but also business opportunities to every community around the island. He also noted that Taiwan and Saint Lucia are both island countries and vulnerable to the impact of climate change. As a sincere friend and constructive partner in sustainable development, Taiwan will always stand by Saint Lucia.
Both Minister Joseph and Minister Fedee expressed their gratitude to the Government of Taiwan for its generosity. They stressed that CDP is an extremely meaningful programme with profound and positive impact on the sustainability and prosperity of every local community. They also pledged that the Government of Saint Lucia will stand firmly by Taiwan.