– The Government of Taiwan provides assistance to Saint Lucia November 6 Trough
- XCD$ 267,000 – NEMO Relief Efforts
- XCD$ 1 million to the Distress Fund
- XCD$ 2.67 million Stimulus
By Caribbean News Global contributor
CASTRIES, St Lucia – A press release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), announced on November 21, 2022, ambassador Chen delivered three cheques, collectively valued at XCD$ 3.9 million, to support critical government relief programmes.
“Households and communities affected by the November 6 trough system will soon benefit from an XCD$ 268,820 donation from the Taiwanese government,” said the OPM communication, via a cheque presentation by ambassador Peter Chen. Director of National Emergency Management Organisation [NEMO] Maria Medard (Ag.), received the cheque on behalf of the government of Saint Lucia.
“This timely donation follows prime minister Philip J. Pierre’s recent decision to release XCD$ 200,000 to NEMO to provide affected households with emergency supplies in the wake of the passage of the trough,” explained OPM.
The Distress Fund
Ambassador Chen also handed over a cheque valued at XCD$ 1 million to support the Distress Fund which was reinstated by the Pierre administration in 2021. The Distress Fund cheque was received by the assistant accountant general, Emrand Mathew (Ag.)
The Distress Fund was established to help dispossessed poor and low-income families and households recover and/or relocate to suitable housing accommodations in the event of natural and manmade disasters.
The third cheque valued at XCD$ 2,688,200 was handed to the executive director of the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF), John Victorin. The SSDF will utilize these funds to support the upcoming stimulus programme, for the benefit of Saint Lucia’s 17 constituencies, creating new jobs, improving access to local government services and beautifying communities.
According to the OPM press release:
“ The prime minister and cabinet expressed their sincere gratitude to ambassador Chen and the government and the people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for their enduring support and investment in Saint Lucia.”