A team of senior members of the Nevis Island Administration (right) headed by Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis at a meeting with a delegation from the Republic of China (Taiwan) headed by Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency Tom Lee.

CHARLESTOWN Nevis –- The development of a national park close to Pinney’s Beach was discussed today by a delegation for the Republic of China (Taiwan) led by Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency Tom Lee, and a team from the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) led by Premier of Nevis Hon. Mark Brantley.

“Our government considers this a very important project,” Ambassador Lee said. “That’s why we sent a team. They arrived Friday and began work immediately. They have been to the site several times, so I believe they have something concrete to discuss.”

The eight member delegation included professor Monica-Kuo, Dean of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Chinese Cultural University in Taipei; professor Wen-Yan Chiu of the Taiwan Ocean University; Ms. Molly Yang, International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) specialist; Ms. Cynthia Lee-Ling Hung, First Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in St. Kitts and Nevis; and five members of the technical team from the Taiwan Technical Mission in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Premier Brantley reiterated the strong relationship shared by both countries for 35 years and described it as an excellent relationship based on genuine friendship, which continues to be of mutual benefit.

“It has really been one based on genuine friendship,” Hon Brantley said. “We have worked really well together over the years and you have provided invaluable assistance to our country, particularly in terms of the development of our people.

“As I speak, we have a new batch of students who recently arrived in Taipei to undertake studies, many of whom would not have been able to do so were it not for the generosity of your government and people,” he said. “At every chance that I get I like to express our gratitude to the government and people, and I ask His Excellency to convey to the government our warm appreciation of your continued assistance.”

The Premier stated that the generosity of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is an ongoing one and they are about to undertake the Pinney’s Park Project which is important to Nevis and indicated how they got involved.

“We have a large parcel of land…which we would like to transform into a national park, to have a place of leisure and comfort for our people, where our people can relax, maybe do a little jogging, yoga, exercise, whatever it may be, so that they could be fit like His Excellency, in good shape.

“We were approached the Foreign Minister, who was quite pleased and it is also important for us…that we created some symbol of our long-lasting relationship and friendship, that something we can agree upon, would be put there as a lasting memory of this relationship,” he said.

Later, a team met with Hon. Alexis Jeffers, Deputy Premier of Nevis to further discussions on the matter.

Accompanying Premier Mark Brantley were Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Alexis Jeffers; Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry, Wakely Daniel; Senior NIA Advisor and Cabinet Secretary, Stedmond Tross; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Colin Dore; and John Hanley, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism.