This year, Kiribati has participated in the Olympic Games in the fourth consecutive time. Tuvalu also sent one athlete and it was the 3rd time for Tuvalu to take part in the international sporting event and it was Palau’s 5th time. The Ambassador of Tuvalu Minute Taupo, the Ambassador of Kiribati Teekoa Iuta and the Education Attaché of Palau Mr. Jordan Yuri all agreed that apart from getting the world to know these south Pacific countries, athletes will also be able perform in the international arena, encouraging more young talents to join the sporting events. Kiribati weightlifter David Kataotau who lost his family in a cyclone danced off the stage each time to raise the awareness of the threat of the climate change poses to his country. Etimoni Timuani, a sprinter from Tuvalu caught the attention saying that he took part to expose his country. His best time is 11.72 seconds This year, Palau’s runner, Rodman Teitull made Olympic history to be the first athlete from Palau to pass the preliminary rounds.
In last week’s edition, the ambassador of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel said agriculture is an important industry for Saint Lucia as tourism sector in Saint Lucia has been growing. Saint Lucia is self-sufficient in the production of many fruits and vegetables.
Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel said Taiwan Technical Mission has been working with the government of Saint Lucia to revolutionize ICT sector in Saint Lucia. ICT center was established and e-government system has been implemented including the police force and the health system. The project that will be completed by the end of 2018 is a GINet (Government Island-wide Network) which is another cooperative project between Taiwan and Saint Lucia allowing Wi-Fi connectivity across the island.
The economy of Saint Lucia depends on tourism and attracts around 350 thousand tourists every year. Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel said he hopes more Taiwanese will visit his beautiful country in the future and his government hopes to promote a package of tourism which includes some other famous resorts in the Bahamas and Barbados.More