The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has decided who will be its ambassador to Taiwan when an embassy is opened there in the next few weeks.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said on radio, on Thursday, that the ambassador is a woman, but stopped short of naming the person.
He said he would leave that to the Minster of Foreign Affairs, Sir Louis Straker to announce.
iWitness News was reliably informed that the new diplomat is a career educator who retired at the helm of an academic institution recently.
Gonsalves said that in early August he will lead a delegation to Taiwan to hold further discussions with President Tsai Ing-wen, who is slated to make an official visit to Kingstown next Tuesday.
He said that Kingstown will open its embassy in Taipei during his visit there.
“We have decided on who is going to be the ambassador, who is going to be the first one and who is the minister counsellor, but I will let the Minister of Foreign Affairs announce those,” the prime minister said.
“But good people have been chosen as always, we try — we have to go through the process of having the formal appointments take place,” he said.
The prime minister said he wants the ambassador-designate to accompany him on the visit to Taiwan next month.
“I intend to do so in the first week or so in August and it’s a woman. I don’t know whether she would go and stay or whether she would go and come back and go with the minister counsellor,” he said.
“We, naturally, will have to hire, over there, somebody who is from Taiwan to be the secretary and a driver for the vehicle and so on as you do in any country where you go. But the professional diplomatic staff will come from here.”
He said that SVG’s relationship with Taiwan is mature.
Kingstown and Taipei have maintained diplomatic links since 1981
“We have a number of students over there. I mean [Vincentian] Peggy Carr, who is a remarkable woman, who lives there, was doing essentially consular work free.
“And I am sure she will help the new embassy in her own private capacity, ‘cause she is a selfless individual but she had her own — she is doing her own thing; a good woman,” he said of Carr, a media professional, who has been living in Taiwan for over a decade.