Ambassador Baushuan Ger handed over to Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves a cheque of US$150,000 (equivalent of EC$403,230) as a contribution to disaster-relief for the severe impacts caused by recent trough systems in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
In addition to the grant provided by the ROC government, the SimplyHelp Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian organization founded by Taiwanese diaspora in Los Angeles, USA, has decided to donate a 20-foot container of disaster-relief goods to St. Vincent and the Grenadines upon the request of the embassy.
The contents of the container, in total value of about US$100,000, will include clothes, shoes and household items. The container is scheduled to arrive in January 2017.
Ambassador Ger, on behalf of the government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan), expressed the country’s solidarity with St. Vincent and the Grenadines at this challenging time.
He conveyed heartfelt sympathies of President Tsai Ing-wen to those who suffered in the floods and prayed for a swift process of rehabilitation and recovery in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Prime Minister Gonsalves acknowledged the goodwill of the government and people of Taiwan and expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided both in kind and cash.
The grant will be used on immediate humanitarian efforts while the relief goods shipping here will be distributed through coordinated social network.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrated this year the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.