Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,
We gather here to celebrate a significant milestone in the history of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The tenth of October, or “double ten,” marks the beginning of a journey that led to the birth of a nation, the end of an era, and the dawn of a new chapter in history.
I am honoured to be here this evening, representing the Government and the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis, as we extend our warmest congratulations to the Government and the people of Taiwan on their 112th National Day.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) was the first country to establish diplomatic relations with the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, immediately following our independence on September 19th, 1983. Forty years later, our commitment and unwavering solidarity with Taiwan have never been stronger. We demonstrated this commitment in April this year, by moving a resolution in our National Assembly, in support of Taiwan’s rightful inclusion on the international stage—A resolution that was unanimously adopted.
The people of St. Kitts and Nevis treasure the diplomatic ties between our Federation and the Republic of China on Taiwan. This profound friendship has flourished over the years, rooted in shared values, respect for the rule of law, democracy, and human rights.
Taiwan has not only been a friend but a reliable partner on various fronts.
Taiwan has played a pivotal role in the inception and advancement of renewable energy projects in St Kitts and Nevis. These initiatives are at the forefront of harnessing clean energy sources, effectively reducing our carbon footprint, and fortifying our efforts to transform St. Kitts and Nevis into a Sustainable Island State.
Our collaborative healthcare endeavours have yielded remarkable results. Taiwan’s exceptional expertise and unwavering support have significantly elevated the quality of healthcare facilities and accessibility in St Kitts and Nevis. These partnerships have proven indispensable in addressing pressing public health challenges and fortifying the core of our healthcare infrastructure. Through the exchange of knowledge and resources, we have saved lives and enhanced the well-being of our citizens.
Taiwan has generously extended educational opportunities to the young minds of St. Kitts and Nevis. Countless scholarships have enabled our youth to embark on educational journeys in Taiwan, equipping them to return to our nation with newfound knowledge and expertise. Initiatives such as ‘Let’s Recycle SKN’ and ‘Taiwan Expo 2023’ exemplify our shared commitment to expanding educational access and fostering technological advancements.
Through a spectrum of programs and projects, Taiwan has been a catalyst for the empowerment of our citizens and residents. These initiatives have nurtured entrepreneurship, promoted economic growth, and culminated in heightened economic opportunities and improved living standards for our people. Together, we are crafting an environment where aspirations can flourish, and dreams can be realized.
As an island state themselves, Taiwan appreciates and understands St. Kitts and Nevis’ vulnerability to the consequences of climate change. Taiwan’s unwavering support has been indispensable in our journey to mitigate its adverse effects. Our combined efforts have paved the way for tackling environmental challenges and ensuring a sustainable future. We take immense pride in standing shoulder to shoulder in the battle against climate change.
The cultural exchanges between our nations have woven a tapestry of understanding and appreciation for each other’s heritage and traditions. These exchanges have not only fortified the bonds between our peoples but have also enabled our citizens and residents to embrace the rich diversity and beauty of our respective cultures.
Therefore, as we celebrate Taiwan’s 112th National Day, and 40 years of friendship, we reaffirm our commitment to strengthening the ties between our nations even further. Together, we will continue to build a future based on mutual respect, cooperation, and shared aspirations.
Once again, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Republic of China (Taiwan) on this auspicious occasion. May your National Day be filled with joy, reflection, and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.
Thank you, and may our friendship endure for generations to come.