On Aug. 19, Taiwan’s ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), Baushuan Ger, on behalf of his country’s government presented a cheque to Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves at Cabinet Room for funding the 2016 Civic Development Programme.

The prime minister on behalf of the people and the government of SVG, expressed his appreciations for Taiwan’s continuous support for the SVG Civic Development Programme over the years.

Ger stressed that Taiwan has been very glad to be a long-term partner to collaborate with Vincentian people on the national development of SVG.

The Civic Development Programme was an initiative of Taiwan in 1998, which have funded major priority projects allocated by the Government of SVG on various areas, namely youths, health, infrastructure, and human resource and so on.

Since 1998, it has been carried out over the past 18 years. Many Vincentians have enjoyed the projects.

The grant handed over on Aug. 19 is part of Taiwan’s annual sponsorship for 2016 Civic Development Programme and will be used in the implementation of five agreed projects as follows:

  1. YES Programme: contributing to a reduction in poverty through the provision of training and employment for youth. In 2016, it will provide work experience and training to 700 persons over a 12-month period. This programme was launched in 2001, and more than 6000 Vincentian young persons benefited.
  2. Rapid training and skills development project: enhancing the employability of the population by providing an opportunity for the beneficiaries to gain critical on-the-job experience through an apprenticeship component.
  3. Purchase of equipment for the Modern Medical Complex: The equipment is intended for the complex located in Georgetown and into its final year of construction.
  4. Enhancement of the SVG financial regulatory framework: enhancing and strengthening the financial regulatory system in SVG through the provision of software, hardware and training to key agencies, including the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), Financial Services Authority (FSA) and the Ministry of Finance.
  5. Rehabilitation of Government House: repairing and renovating Government House, restoring a safe work environment for the staff of the Office of the Governor General.

The Taiwan embassy said: “In the years to come, the people and government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) wish to continue working with Vincentian friends in promoting cooperation projects conducive to sustainable development and the best interest of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”