The 2019 budget for St. Vincent and the Grenadines will include allocation for an embassy in Taiwan.
Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves, in presenting the Estimates of Income and Expenditure to lawmakers on Tuesday, said that seven posts have been created within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This will provide for the establishment of the new diplomatic outpost as well as enhance the capacity of the SVG Mission at the United Nations to advance the nation’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
The minister did not say how the posts are to be allocated between the new and existing mission.
Kingstown had long said that it was considering establishing an embassy in Taipei, one of its closest allies.
The move to set up the embassy comes almost three years after the main opposition New Democratic Party announced that if elected to office, it would cut ties with Taiwan and establish links with China.
The NDP is forging ahead with its adoption of the One-China Policy and, last year, sent a delegation, led by Opposition Leader and party president Godwin Friday to Beijing to further discuss that relationship.
Tuesday night, parliament approved the EC$1.067 billion estimates, paving the way for the presentation of the budget next Monday.