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Taiwanese ambassador to St. Lucia Tom Chou served both nations well

The St. Jude hospital in the south of the island was badly damaged by fire and is now being rebuilt and refurbished. The Taiwanese government has contributed US$$3.1 million to this project. When it is completed it will be a state-of-the-art facility.

St. Lucia now cultivates 40 varieties of orchids and hopes to export it the rest of the Caribbean soon. This is a joint project by both governments, through the ambassador.

There are also over 50 St. Lucians studying in Taiwan on scholarships from the government in Taipei. I am sure that by coming to Taiwan that they have a better grasp of the nation's culture and know that their qualification will be highly respected worldwide. They are also learning Mandarin, which has become important for doing business in Asia.

Taiwan, through the transfer of technology, has brought about a reliable and efficient national ID card and drivers license processing facility, centralized police data information, roads, communication, provided toys at Christmas for the St. Lucians, volunteer doctors and, among other things, nurses at St. Jude from Changhua Christian Hospital every three to four months. These are all projects resulting from the efforts of Ambassador Chou.

There is much more that I can write about in respect to what has been done during the tenure of the Ambassador Chou, which has benefited all St. Lucians greatly. These are the things I had hoped your article would have been about.

If the government in St. Lucia is asking that Ambassador Chow be recalled, it is not sufficient to say that he has interfered in the politics of St. Lucia, without saying how he has done so.

If he must leave then so be it. The St. Lucia government has its own reason for demanding his recall. However, Ambassador Chou will leave with his head held high knowing that the majority of St. Lucians applaud his efforts in bringing about change in St. Lucia that has affected the lives of every resident. There will no doubt be a tinge of sadness both by him and my fellow St. Lucians when he leaves those shores. He has, without a doubt, been the most loved Ambassador and the hardest working Ambassador ever to be stationed on the island. He is definitely a man for all seasons. I can say on behalf of many St. Lucians that Taiwan should be proud of Ambassador Chou.

I humbly believe he is a great Ambassador who almost every child in Saint Lucia knows. I therefore thank him and the government of Taiwan for the help they have given St. Lucia over the years. I also hope that he rises to higher heights in his career. Let me further add that no one is perfect; we all make mistakes. However, we must look at the circumstances in which those mistakes were made. Tom also is not perfect but he is a great son of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Denys Springer


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