The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday received a quantity of computers and other equipment from the government of Turkey.
The donation included 30 desktop computers, six laptops, five printers, a photocopier, a flat screen TV, toner cartridges, memory devices, and hard drives
At the handing over ceremony took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs conference room.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Commerce & Information Technology, Sen. Camillo Gonsalves thanked the government of Turkey for the donation, adding that it is the equipment are valuable to efficiency of the states’ apparatus, noting that other Ministries will benefit from this kind gesture.
“Although the relationship between the Republic of Turkey and St. Vincent and the Grenadines is relatively new, it is one that is strong and robust,” Gonsalves said.
He mentioned the donation by Turkey, of over 50 computers to the Ministry of Education in 2008, after the visit of Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves to Turkey.
Gonsalves also spoke of the Turkey contribution of US$40,000 toward relief efforts after the Christmas floods.
He said Turkey is one of the leading emerging economies in the world, and that the government of Turkey seeks to assist small island developing states, such as St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Gonsalves explained that five Vincentian students have been awarded scholarships from the Turkish government and are currently studying there.
Honorary Consul of Turkey, Tansal Akcayli told the ceremony that he is pleased to hand over the computers and equipment, saying they are a symbol of greater improvement of relationships between Turkey and this country.
Akcayli stated that after Fidel Castro’s visit to Turkey in the 1960s, Prime Minister Gonsalves was the first Caribbean leader to visit Turkey — in 2008.