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Posted: Thursday 25 September, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    "Your success has to do with the discipline, dedication and commitment of your people,” says Rangel


    Taiwan Premier hopes Federation will continue to progress
    and flourish under PM Douglas “outstanding leadership”


    St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) receiving an award from United States Congressman, Hon. Charles Rangel in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (Photo by Erasmus Williams)
    BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, SEPTEMBER 25TH 2008 (CUOPM) – As St. Kitts and Nevis continues to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Independence, the Premier of the Republic of China on Taiwan is praising the outstanding leadership of Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.


    “It is my firm belief that under your outstanding leadership, the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis will continue to progress and flourish in all respects.
    I also trust that the cordial relations and cooperation between our two countries will be further strengthened in the years ahead,” said Taiwan Premier, His Excellency Li, Chao-shiuan.


    Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Francisco H.L. Ou in a message to Prime Minister Douglas said he was confident that the cordial and cooperative relations between St. Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan will be further consolidated in the years ahead.


    OECS High Commissioner in Canada, His Excellency Brendon C. Browne said St. Kitts and nevi sober the past 25 years “has consolidated its institutions and created a democratic, progressive and stable society which is an achievement of which all its citizens can be justly proud.”


    “Looking back, the road has been long and fraught with challenge. But with determination, commitment and resilience, the twin-island Federation has done well to improve the welfare of its citizens. As Kittitians and Nevisians in the Diaspora, you can take pride in acknowledging that on the 25th Anniversary of Independence your country has ranked third among Caribbean nations in the United Nations Human Development Index for 2007-2008,” said the OECS High Commissioner.    ~~Adz:Right~~


    St. Kitts and Nevis he noted has made its mark on the international stage and has bred world class athletes, including the Olympian Kim Collins. “We have produce strong and visionary political leaders, renowned cultural artistes, respected professionals in many fields and hardworking men and women of integrity in the Diaspora, who continue to contribute to building your own society,” said the OECS High Commissioner.


    Premier of Ontario, Canada, the Hon. Dalton McGuinty in his message said Kittitians and Nevisians can reflect with continued pride on their many accomplishments of the past quarter-century.


    “Canadians with roots in St. Kitts and Nevis have brought that same energy and passion for success to Canada. The St. Kitts and Nevis community makes a vital contribution to this vibrant, multicultural province. By preserving your rich culture and history both here and abroad, you are helping to build a stronger, more cohesive and united community,” said the Premier of Ontario.


    In his message of congratulations, United States Congressman, Hon. Charles B. Rangel noted that the people of St. Kitts and Nevis have faced many challenges in the last decade with Hurricane George and the struggle in the tourism sector after September 11, 2001.


    “Yet today, St. Kitts and Nevis has one of the fastest growing economies in the Caribbean. I believe your success has a lot to do with the discipline, dedication and commitment of your people. Kittitians and Nevisians truly exemplify the strengths of the Caribbean people,” said Congressman Rangel, who is also Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.


    Congressman Rangel, who stated that he was “fortunate enough to personally experience the two beautiful islands and meet its citizens,” said that St. Kitts and Nevis “has grown tremendously within the past 25 years and has become a great two-island nation with a foundation for growth in the tourism, agricultural and manufacturing sectors.”


    “In addition, the islands are rich in culture and the arts. St. Kitts and Nevis has become famous for your celebration of carnival and your world renowned music festivals. I have also seen the growth of sports on the islands with the hosting of the 2007 Cricket World Cup. With significant new investment in this sport you are becoming the cricket capital of the Caribbean,” said Congressman Rangel, who added:


    “I have always felt strongly connected to the Caribbean and am proud to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of independence with the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. I wish you continued growth and success in the future.”


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