Saint Lucia welcomes new Taiwanese ambassador

HE Douglas Cheng-Tsung Shen replaced Ambassador Ray Mou, whose tenure came to an end last month.

The new ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Douglas Cheng-Tsung Shen, has formally commenced duty in Saint Lucia.

Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, on Monday, March 22, accepted the Letters of Credence from His Excellency Douglas Cheng-Tsung.

During the brief ceremony which took place at Government House, the Governor General expressed gratitude to the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for its contribution to Saint Lucia’s national development efforts. According to Dame Pearlette, since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations, the bilateral cooperation between the two countries has been significantly enhanced, especially in the areas of education, infrastructural development, agriculture and community development.

“The opening of our embassy in Taiwan, our first in the Asian region, is testament to the consolidation of our bilateral relations and our country’s policy of broadening engagements with non-traditional partners,” she said. “Ours is a relation that is deeply rooted in our common approach to democracy, international justice and economic equality. Your Excellency, I wish you a rewarding tour of duty among us.”

Ambassador Shen who was accompanied by his wife, and other officials from the Embassy of Taiwan, said he was looking forward to working with the government and people of Saint Lucia.

“Fully aware of the important responsibilities that my government has entrusted me with, I will do my best to further strengthen the cooperation with your government. It is my fervent hope that your government will extend to me such facilities and assistance as may be conducive to the successful completion of my mission.”

His Excellency Douglas Cheng-Tsung Shen replaces his predecessor His Excellency Ray Mou, whose tenure came to an end last month.