St. Kitts and Nevis welcomes Taiwan’s President Ma


The President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) , His Excellency Ma Ying-jeou was warmly welcomed to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis on Sunday morning last, August 18, following his arrival at the R.L Bradshaw International Airport shortly before 11 o’clock on board a 747 China Airlines aircraft. 


His two day official visit to the Federation signifies 30 years of a strong diplomatic relationship between St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the strengthening of the bond in years to come.


President Ma, who was welcomed to the Federation by Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Denzil Douglas, was accompanied by a delegation comprised of Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Minister; other government officials as well as representatives of over 20 media publications in Taiwan. 


Later, President Ma, accompanied by Prime Minister Douglas, inspected an impressive Guard of Honour mounted on the tarmac by contingents from the Royal St. Christopher Nevis Police Force and the St. Kitts – Nevis Defence Force. 


Local dignitaries present at the Welcome Ceremony included the Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Earl Asim Martin; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Patrice Nisbett, other Ministers of the St. Kitts – Nevis Government; the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Curtis Martin; the Premier of Nevis, Hon. Vance Amory; the Commissioner of Police, Mr. C.G. Walwyn; the Commander of the Defence Force, Lt Col Patrick Wallace; the Chief Secretary, Mr. Joseph Edmeade; the Head of the Public Service and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Elvis Newton, other Permanent Secretaries and top Government officials.


In his welcome remarks, the Prime Minister stated: “If the past 30 years have taught us only one thing…it is that, where the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is concerned, distance, great though it may be, has been rendered irrelevant in the face of the bonds of friendship and cooperation and collaboration and mutual respect that connect our nations and have gotten stronger these passing years.”


He further noted that when St. Kitts and Nevis attained independence in 1983 the ROC (Taiwan) was among the first nations to establish diplomatic ties.


President Ma outlined why the Federation has been such an importantally diplomatically.


“Over the past years our two countries have assisted each other in the international community and international development through cooperation and exchanges in tourism, green energy, agriculture, human resource, education and culture.”


The Republic of China (R.O.C) President also stated that his visit will deepen his understanding of the two country’s bilateral cooperation and exchanges.


His Excellency Ma spent Sunday at a number of activities including signing an Extradition Treaty at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort after which he visited the Agro Tourism Demonstration Farm in Sir Gilles Sandy Point. He also enjoyed presentations at the historic Brimstone Hill National Park. 


The President’s day of activities culminated with an official State Dinner hosted by Governor General His Excellency Sir Edmund Lawrence and Lady Lawrence in the evening at Government House, Springfield, Basseterre.


On Monday morning, August 19, the President made his way to the Silver Jubilee Stadium to jog with the young athletes of the Federation. President Ma also visited the Solar Farm situated at the R. L. Bradshaw International Airport.


He later that morning made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Douglas at Government Headquarters where he signed a Joint Communique at the National Assembly Chambers.


The Federation bade farewell to the President on Monday afternoon at the airport.