Belize and Taiwan Relations Strengthening Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 November 2012 00:00

Minister Elrington receives donation from H.E. David WuTangible results in the engagement with the international community became clear on Wednesday evening with the handing over of symbolic keys to two new vehicles, to the Hon. Wilfred Erlington, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The two vehicles, a 30-seat Coaster Bus and a 15 -seat Van were handed over by His Excellency Ambassador David Wu, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) near the NEMO Headquarters in Belmopan.

In a brief statement, Ambassador Wu expressed that Belize is an active member of SICA and CARICOM and so, many come as visitors to Belize; thus the need for these vehicles.

“Today, it is a great pleasure to hand over these vehicles. It symbolizes the close partnership between Belize and Taiwan”, Ambassador Wu said.

A statement by the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), released late Wednesday, repeated the significance of the donation of the two vehicles: being a member country of both SICA and CARICOM, Belize has been hosting various international conferences, regional summits, and workshops frequently. The Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hence, needs efficient transportation means to receive VIPs from abroad.

For his part, Hon. Wilfred Erlington said that he was impressed at the hospitality that the Belizeans have for visitors.

“This is a vindication of our attitude of being hospitable and kind,” he said.

Minister Erlington continued to express that the close relations between Belize and Taiwan was a good one. “It is a reciprocal relationship; it is a classic example of the interdependence that exists in the World today.”

Immediately after the ceremonies, the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited a parcel of land, which is proposed to become their new Headquarters. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexis Rosado, says that sufficient funds have already been identified for the construction of a new building.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs building is a dream that we have had for a number of years and has not been fulfilled so far”, he said.

The concept design for the proposed Foreign Affairs building was for a ‘green’ one but that has proven too costly. The plan now is to work within the parameters of available funds, with consideration for creating a building with a design for further expansion.

Minister Elrington leaves for Taiwan this Friday with a five-member delegation, on a trip that will last some six days. According to CEO Alexis Rosado, Minister Elrington will be signing an agreement while in Taiwan, in areas of security with respect to addressing human trafficking; he will also be signing an agreement in cooperation in which the Government of Taiwan will provide supporting grant aid to the Government of Belize.

“There will be a loan facility that will be made over the next few years’, said CEO Alexis Rosado.