In our last week’s edition, the ambassador of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel talked about the ICT cooperation between Taiwan and Saint Lucia and how he hopes to promote tourism.
In this edition, the ambassador of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel said education and health sectors are important to Saint Lucia adding that health services in Taiwan are second to none in the world as he has lived in the US and the UK before. He said many students from Saint Lucia major in various disciplines in Taiwan including health services, engineering and agriculture. He believes these students will make a difference in the future when they return to Saint Lucia. The ambassador’s daughter came to Taiwan to study even before he was posted in Taiwan in 2015 as she was fascinated by things in Taiwan. She turned down the offer by the University of the West Indies and came to study in Taiwan instead.
During his tenure in Taiwan, the ambassador hopes to push for business development and through business partnership and investment, the ties between Taiwan and Saint Lucia can be further cemented as it will create jobs in the country. He said there will joint-venture in agro-processing and other types of business investment. Taiwanese are good at manufacturing and they can come to Saint Lucia to do light manufacturing business. Goods assembled and manufactured in Saint Lucia can be exported to all the Caribbean countries enjoying duty free qualifications.
Saint Lucia is an island country located in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The ambassador of Saint Lucia Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel said agriculture is an important industry for Saint Lucia as it has to satisfy the demand of the growing tourism sector.
Saint Lucia is not only self-sufficient in the production of many fruits and vegetables but exports them to other countries as well. Since 2010, the banana industry has been threatened by black sigatoka, a leaf-spot disease of bananas, and Taiwan has been helping the farmers fight black sigatoka in Saint Lucia, thereby guiding farmers in implementing disease control measures and restoring capacity back to the banana industry in Saint Lucia.
Before assuming the post as the ambassador in Taiwan, Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel once served as the vice minister of agriculture, vice foreign minister, and the deputy consul-general in New York.More