Taiwan Foreign Minister Timothy Yang met with St. Lucia Prime Minister Kenny Anthony and Foreign Minister Alva Baptiste Saturday during a visit to the Caribbean country to discuss future cooperation.
The officials exchanged ideas during the meeting on expanded cooperation on the ongoing digital education program in St. Lucia’s elementary schools and the e-Government projects that Taiwan helped set up.
The digital education program, named “InTime,” was proposed by British educator Michael Walker and jointly launched by Walker, the Republic of China Embassy in St. Lucia, the Education Ministry of St. Lucia and telecommunications service provider LIME.
The program was initiated in 2010 and its full operation is scheduled to be transferred to the government of St. Lucia in June 2012.
It is expected that by then all 78 public elementary schools in St. Lucia will be equipped with computer labs, LCD TV screens and modern computer education systems and staffed by teachers trained in the relevant fields.
Moreover, since October 2009, Taiwan has helped the country develop and implement e-Government platforms for information relating to driver’s licenses, agriculture, birth certificates and police reporting, Yang said.
The systems have helped to increase government efficiency, shortening the time required to issue a driver’s license from a year to a week and the time needed to issue a birth certificate from six months to five days, he said.
Yang invited St. Lucian Education Minister Robert Lewis, technology chief James Fletcher and Walker to a dinner banquet to discuss the two projects.
The Taiwan foreign minister also visited the Pitons, two volcanic peaks in St. Lucia listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.