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Taiwan Ambassador to SVG, Fiona Huei-Chun Fan interacts with people at an emergency shelter in Canouan on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, who were displaced by Hurricane Beryl, which impacted the island on July 1, 2024.
Taiwan Ambassador to SVG, Fiona Huei-Chun Fan interacts with people at an emergency shelter in Canouan on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, who were displaced by Hurricane Beryl, which impacted the island on July 1, 2024.
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Taiwan Ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines Fiona Huei-Chun Fan on Tuesday accompanied Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on a visit to the southern Grenadines islands ravaged by Hurricane Beryl on July 1.

“It was heartbreaking for me to witness the immense hardship caused by Hurricane Beryl on Union Island, Mayreau and Canouan during my visit to the Southern Grenadines with Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on July 9th, 2024,” Fan told iWitness News on Wednesday.

“Seeing the extent of the damage firsthand, I was inspired by the spirit and determination of the local communities and authorities to rebuild and recover, as well as the efforts of international volunteers and relief teams in the immediate response,” she said.

The diplomat said Taiwan stands firmly with SVG as the country navigates these challenging times.

“The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has pledged an emergency grant of US$200,000 to assist with the recovery efforts,” Fan told iWitness News.

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“We are closely collaborating with the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to ensure a swift response to those in need,” she said.

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Taiwan Ambassador to SVG, Fiona Huei-Chun Fan, second from left, and Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, in Mayreau on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (Photo: Ashford Peters)

“In the coming weeks, Taiwan will donate 100 tons of long-grain white rice and a container of goods for women and children, provided by a Taiwanese non-profit organisation. The people and government of Taiwan are praying for a swift recovery.

“The collaboration and cooperation between our two countries during times like these exemplify the strength of our friendship and partnership.”

iWitness News chanced upon Gonsalves and Fan in Mayreau on Tuesday.

The prime minister said he wanted the diplomat to see the situation in the islands.

“Taiwan is a major partner to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. And I wanted her to get a first-hand view so that she can report to her government,” Gonsalves said.

“We have been in touch with the government. And I wanted her especially to see Union Island Airport. They had built Union Island airport. I’m talking Taiwan. Maybe we may get them to rebuild it again. I don’t know. But we see all those things go,” Gonsalves said.

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