President Her Excellency Dr. Tsai Ing-Wen on Sunday July 14th became the first sitting President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to visit the island of Nevis.
President Ing-Wen was welcomed to Nevis by Premier Hon. Mark Brantley along with officials of the Nevis ISLAND administration . The President participated in the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Pinneys Beach Recreation Park Project which is being fully funded by the Taiwanese government .
President Ing-Wen and Premier Brantley turned the sod to symbolize the start of the multi-million dollar project .
In commenting on the historic event Premier of Nevis Hon. Mark Brantley said “My Nevisian brothers and sisters and all who call Nevis home, today my heart is filled with pride and yet an overwhelming sense of humility as we welcomed the first ever President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to visit Nevis’ majestic shores.
We thank President Tsai Ing-wen for including Nevis on her itinerary and we thank the scores of people who came out to witness this historic visit.”
Premier Brantley concluded ” The symbolism of today should not be lost on any of us. Taiwan remains our closest friend and ally. All of Nevis should be proud.
Today we saw what we mean when we say Diplomacy Matters.”
During her stay in the country, Tsai will will participate in a number of events which include witnessing the signing ceremony of a Technical and Vocational Education Cooperation Agreement; visit to the Brimstone Hill Fortress; tour Government House; engage in a tree planting ceremony and attend a State Banquet during her four days and three nights there, before heading to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia.