The significance of the visit of Taiwan’s Foreign Minister to Saint Lucia must not escape us. The Minister’s pledge to develop deeper ties with Saint Lucia are already bearing results with the signing of a cooperation agreement between our local law enforcement and Taiwan’s. Since the Government took office it has been in discussions with Taiwan to broaden our relationship. On top of holding discussions locally Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet and his wife, along with a contingent, visited Taiwan in November 2017 to hold discussions on the new relationship the government is seeking to build. But what is this new relationship and what does it entail?
Since Saint Lucia re-established relations with Taiwan in 2007 the level of bilateral cooperation spanned a cross-section of areas including agriculture, health, human resource development, community development and empowerment, sports, infrastructure and ICT. Now, we have added police cooperation which Security Minister Honourable Hermangild Francis, stated will “see us explore various areas of mutual benefit and assist us in effectively preventing and combating cross-border serious crimes and terrorism.”
“We want to see more practical cooperation between the police and customs authorities and international governments where we set up joint investigative teams depending on the case to speed up our ability to solve cases,” the minister noted. “We look forward to the exchange of personnel visiting for study and training programs and sharing of information as well as cooperation in combating transnational crimes. We also need to create such partnerships in order to tap into the expertise offered by countries such as Taiwan especially as it relates to the use of technology.”