Taiwan to provide funds for crime fighting in St. Kitts-Nevis

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Dec 3, CMC – Taiwan is providing for funds for the first phase of a crime fighting plan for St. Kitts-Nevis that the authorities say will help reduce criminal activities in the Federation.

The two countries Friday signed an agreement under which five million dollars (One EC dollar =US$0.37 cents) will go towards the first phase of the Cities and Roadways Surveillance System CCTV Project.

“This substantial sum of about five million dollars, which your government has committed for the purchase of the equipment, etc. required for the operation of the CCTV programme, is a huge and invaluable investment,” Prime Minister Timothy Harris said at the signing ceremony on Friday.

“It will go a long way in saving lives, in acting as a [crime] deterrent…and providing certain investigatory resources that the police need at this moment.  So, on behalf of the country, I say thank you for this significant support, which is only Phase One of a series of support that we are expecting from your government.”

Taiwan’s ambassador to St. Kitts-Nevis, George Chiou, said his government will help the St. Kitts and Nevis government to install the CCTV.

“These systems, we believe, will provide very efficient tools for the police in St. Kitts and Nevis to perform their functions,” he added.

Commissioner of Police Ian Queeley said the first phase of the project will allow for the cameras to be set up in the capital and its environs.

“This is well-needed, and the support is recognized by the government and indeed by the law enforcement officials,” he added.

Earlier this year, then Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said her country would collaborate with St. Kitts and Nevis in implementing a far-reaching crime-fighting plan for the Federation that would expand the use of CCTV, increase opportunities for training and implement technological upgrades in order to consolidate information and enhance efficiency, a government statement here noted.