Taiwan Ambassador applaud PM Douglas and Minister Carty as scores of students get scholarships

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, NOVEMBER 5TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Miguel Li-Jey Tsao has applaud St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas and Minister of Education, Sen. The Hon. Nigel Carty for the attention and importance they pay to education in the twin-island Federation.

Standing left to right, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Ione Willett; Taiwan’s Resident Ambassador, His Excellency Migel Li-Jey Tsao; St.Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, the Rt.Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas; Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty and Acting Chief Education Officer, Ms. Clarice Cotton. (photo courtesy of the Taiwan Embassy)

“Although neither the Republic of China (Taiwan) nor the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis is with bountiful natural resources, we know that no resources of any kind are as valuable and powerful as human resources,” said the Taiwanese diplomat at a ceremony to award scholarships to students in primary, second and tertiary education.

He told the students assembled at the Basseterre High School Auditorium that by working together, both nations can “move forward and grow together.”

He noted that in his National Day celebration speech on October 5th, he had the opportunity to express sincere appreciation to the Government and people of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas “for your country’s staunch support for Taiwan’s bid in the international community.”

Describing 2012 as a year of harvest in many different aspects, Ambassador Tsao pointed out that as a result of the Government’s human empowerment policy and under the guidance of Minister Carty and Permanent Secretary Willett and also the sterling leadership of Prime Minister, eleven (11) successful students have journeyed to Taiwan to enroll in several different universities to pursue their degrees.

“Additionally, about thirty (30) individuals and civil servants have also journeyed to Taiwan to attend a wide range of different training programmes and seminars. Earlier this year, students from the National Taipei Arts University and Taipei National Technology University as youth ambassadors came to St. Kitts and Nevis to showcase their talent and culture with all of us in the Federation and an exuberant cultural delegation from St. Kitts and Nevis recently made three shows in different cities of Taiwan. They caught the attention of Taiwanese people and I am indeed very pleased to witness the ever-growing exchanges between our two peoples,” said Ambassador Tsao told students, parents, teachers and education officials.

He said the outstanding students must use the symbolic scholarship to assist with their studies.

“Remember to give thanks to your parents, teachers, your Government and all those who love and care about you,” said Ambassador Tsao, adding: “There is a Chinese saying: ‘If you cultivate in spring, plow hard in the summer, you will reap benefits in autumn and you will enjoy in winter.’ My dear students, this teaching tells us: if you want to enjoy quality life in the future, you need to study hard now.”

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