By Marion V. Ali
Several notable Belizeans, including the Governor-General Sir Colville Young, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities Joy Grant, Chief Executive Officer in that ministry Dr. Colin Young, President of the University of Belize Dr. Alan Slusher and Senator Audrey Matura-Shepherd will travel to the Republic of China (Taiwan) next week at the invitation of the government of Taiwan.
The Embassy of Taiwan in Belize says that during the visit from May 10th to the 15th, the Governor General will compile a collection of his most satisfactory seven stories, dubbed “Pataki Full”, to be translated and publicised in Taiwan. This will allow the people of Taiwan to learn more about Belizean folklore. The collection will be introduced along with a donation of 300 books to the Chi-Mei Elementary School of the New Taipei City.
Sir Colville Young has visited Taiwan a number of times and the embassy says he “has recognized the importance of, and supported the cooperation projects in a wide array of projects between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Belize, and among many other developing countries.”
While in Taiwan, the Governor-General will call on President Ying-jeou Ma, as well as David Y.L. Lin, Minister of foreign Affairs. He will also attend a dinner in his honor and will visit with Professor Kwang-Chung Yu of the National Sun Yat-sen University,and world-famous poet, Before he returns home, the Governor-General will also visit with Dr. Jason Hu, vice president of Want Want China Times Media Group.
Minister Joy Grant will call on Foreign Minister Lin, Dr. Jyuo-Min Shyu, Taiwan’s Minister of Science and Technology, as well as Dr. Eugene Chien, Chairman of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy, to exchange views with them on matters of mutual concern and to discuss possible projects for future bilateral cooperation in the areas of science, technology, and renewable energy.
The embassy says Minister Grant is also invited to give a lecture on “Climate Change, Belize, and post -Kyoto Protocol Negotiations” to the new recruits of the Taiwanese Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs.
In April, the Speaker of the House, Michael Peyrefitte, also visited Taiwan at the invitation of the Taiwan Government.