Taiwan and Canada have enjoyed close bilateral exchanges over the last few decades, this can be seen from the growing number of staff at the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei. According to the executive director, Mr.Mario Ste-Marie, the office was founded in 1986 with only three staff members, but today, there’s around 40 staff handling the increasing exchanges.
As a matter of fact, people to people exchanges between Taiwan and Canada started as early as 1871 when a missionary, Dr.George Leslie Mackay arrived in Taiwan and the establishment of Mackay Memorial Hospital in 1912. Canada granted Taiwanese visa-free privileges in November 2010 and Mr.Mario Ste-Marie said as of August this year, the number of Taiwanese has increased by 26% as compared to the previous year. The Canadian has introduced a new entry requirement and starting November this year, all visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to Canada are required to have an eTA (electronic travel authorization).
For more information regarding eTA, please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/
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