Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
August 13, 2007
For Immediate Public Release
The Republic of China (Taiwan) renewed it’s commitment to support the development of human resources and the sporting infrastructure in St. Kitts and Nevis on Monday.
Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency John Liu presented Prime Minister and Minister of Sport Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas with a cheque for US $1.4 million to be used for the ongoing construction of the athletic facility at Bird Rock.
Ambassador Liu explained that the vision of the government is extremely progressive and Taiwan was proud to have St. Kitts and Nevis as a partner.
“I wish to commend your government on the initiative taken to improve your sporting facilities and the hosting of so many international games in your country,” he said. “My government will continue to assist in the economic development of your country and improve the well-being of your people.
“Today is a continuation of our pledge,” he stressed.This major payment follows an initial contribution of US $500,000.00 in mid-June. Prime Minister Douglas thanked the Asian diplomat for his country’s support.
“It is a clear demonstration of the commitment that exists on both sides of this partnership,” explained Prime Minister Douglas, while recounting the strong bonds that exist since the Federation established diplomatic relations with the ROC in 1983.
He added that St. Kitts and Nevis remains committed in ensuring that the 23 million people living in the Republic of China can develop in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
The Prime Minister gave an update on the ongoing construction work revealing that 45 percent of the foundation for the main pavilion is completed. He also noted that the internationally renowned company Mondo, which will install the tracks, is pleased with the work progress and is mobilizing to perform its task here when called.
Prime Minister Douglas noted that he was assured by the relevant authorities that the Bird Rock athletic stadium construction project is on schedule and will be ready to host the 2008 CARIFTA Games in March.