(ZIZ News) — The Republic of Korea demonstrated its solidarity with St. Kitts and Nevis when it handed over hospitality equipment to the local government on Tuesday.
The hospitality programmes at the eight secondary schools in St. Kitts and Nevis will receive a significant boost with the addition of several pieces of hospitality equipment.
The equipment is valued at US$100,000 and will be utilised in the schools’ Home Economics and Hospitality rooms and Food and Beverage laboratories.
Counsellor of the Republic of Korea, Jungoh Park said the donation represents the deepening of diplomatic and mutual relations between both nations.
“I still remember when I first get this item list and how detailed it is. The items were also 60 and it is still very impressive because I realised that this detailed list is an expression of passion for better education and for the future. I believe that we have continuously and steadily developed our mutual understanding and trust for this 32 years of history of our diplomatic relations,” he said.
Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Mark Brantley said the Government of the Republic of Korea continues to prove it is a valuable partner.
“I am heartened by the fact that the Republic of Korea continues to demonstrate its commitment to small island developing states like ours. Increasingly, we find that many countries, in these hard economic times, have refocused their aid agenda and moved this concentration from this region to their neighbouring countries,” he said.
“South Korea has shown that our Federation remains, for them, a priority. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the Federation over 30 years ago, South Korea has proven itself to be a valuable partner,” Brantley explained.
In accepting the donation, Minister of Education, Hon. Shawn Richards said this type of donation will boost the country’s tourism and hospitality sector.
“As the Minister of Education, I recognise the significance of such a cooperative effort and I applaud the Korean government for this form of support. As we make strides in the development of tourism and hospitality, CVQ and CSEC programmes, our secondary schools students, who are our future leaders and citizens of tomorrow, will be better positioned. They will receive practical workplace training using industry standards and quality equipment,” he said.