President of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou will meet with state officials; visit infrastructural projects and plant a tree when he visits this country for 11 hours next week Saturday, Aug. 17.
According to the itinerary of Ma’s visit, released yesterday, he will be greeting with a guard of honour and a 21-gun salute on arrival at the E.T. Joshua Airport at 8:30 a.m.
One hour later, the president will participate in a tree planting exercise at the Botanical Gardens in Kingstown, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere.
He will then meet with Governor General, Sir Frederick Ballantyne, at Government House at 9:55 a.m.
President Ma will then travel to Colonarie for the official opening of the Colonarie Bridge, at 10:30 a.m., after which, he will visit the terminal building at the Argyle international airport construction site.
The Asian leader will meet with Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves at Cabinet Room in Kingstown at 4 p.m. after which there will be the signing of a joint communiqué.
President Ma will attend a reception hosted by the Ambassador of Taiwan to SVG, Weber Shi, before departing the country at 7:30 p.m.
Ma’s visit to this country is part of a regional tour, which also includes stops in St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and Haiti.
His main purpose for coming to the region is to attend the Aug. 15 inauguration of the president of Paraguay, Taiwan’s only ally in South America.