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New Saint Lucia envoy pledges ties in crops, education

New Saint Lucian Ambassador to Taiwan Robert Kennedy Lewis mentioned he would function to bolster ties in the fields of agriculture and training.&#13

Lewis, who introduced his credentials to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) at the Presidential Place of work in Taipei on Thursday past week, mentioned his country would seek to proceed its collaboration with Taiwan in agriculture, specially by means of the introduction of engineering to Saint Lucian farms “to give our farmers much more assistance in attaining the machinery and equipment essential in fashionable agricultural practice.”&#13

Agriculture is important to the economic system of Saint Lucia, as the Caribbean region is a massive producer and exporter of bananas, and Taiwan’s support in sustaining that business is normally appreciated, Lewis claimed in an e-mail on Wednesday on in reaction to queries from the Central News Company.&#13

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With Taiwan’s aid, Saint Lucia has amplified the yields of many fruits and vegetables, primarily watermelons and pineapples, Lewis said, incorporating that Taiwan has aided introduce the cultivation of wax apples.&#13

With the know-how and technologies accessible in Taiwan, Saint Lucia expects to maximize the production of fruit and vegetables, although introducing crops that can prosper in the tropical local climate to incorporate to foodstuff protection, he mentioned.&#13

“Through schooling, we can make Saint Lucia’s agriculture market much better and far more reliant,” he explained. “Hence, I will, through diplomatic attempts, solicit much more schooling and scholarships in agriculture for our individuals.”&#13

There are about 120 Saint Lucian learners finding out engineering, agriculture-connected fields, and business and entrepreneurial providers, Lewis said, including that he expects this quantity to quadruple about the subsequent a few to 4 a long time.&#13

“I am self-confident with my coaching and track record in schooling, the raising demand from customers for scholarships for larger and even more reports among Saint Lucians, and the aid of our close friends right here in Taiwan, primarily in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that we will achieve that goal,” he mentioned.&#13

Other fields of review that are possible to get attractiveness amongst Saint Lucian pupils, are medication and other clinical-linked regions, and digital media, he explained.&#13

Apart from undergraduate and postgraduate levels, Lewis said that there ought to also be options for technological and vocational training, possibilities he vowed to pursue above the next 3 a long time.&#13

Describing the relationship among Saint Lucia and Taiwan, Lewis said: “We both equally believe in self-perseverance and the need to have for our citizens to opt for how they are ruled.”&#13

Saint Lucia intends to proceed to voice and categorical its support for Taiwan at each and every supplied opportunity in each and every domestic and global forum, he said.

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