Bird Rock, Basseterre – Friday December 11, 2015. – In a brief handing over ceremony yesterday, December 11, 2015, Taiwanese Ambassador, George Gow Wei Chiou delivered a cheque in the amount of US$300k to the Minister with responsibility for SCASPA, Honourable Ian “Patches” Liburd, for the renovation and expansion of the check-in area of the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport.
The ceremony, held at the office of Minister Liburd, saw in attendance the Minister himself; Taiwanese Ambassador Chiou and his First Secretary Eugene Yu-Jing Shu; Mrs. Boncamper, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development & Transport; Mr. Don Boncamper, Chairperson of the Board of Directors for SCASPA; Mr. Gary Da’Silva, member of the Board of SCASPA; Mr. Elsworth Warner, Airport Manager and other SCASPA Senior Management and Mr. Calvin Edwards, Deputy Financial Secretary.
In brief acceptance remarks, a member of the SCASPA senior management team, expressed profound thanks to the Embassy of China (on Taiwan) for its generous donation and continued support of both Air and Sea Ports. In this presentation, the assistance of the Embassy through the years from 2006 to present was chronicled amounting to a sum of approximately EC$7.49M or US$2.77M. SCASPA further gave assurances of its commitment to care and maintain to the highest level, all the facilities toward which these funds are being funneled.
Minister Liburd also added his share of thanks to the Ambassador for his Embassy’s continued partnership with the Government of St. Kitts Nevis over the years and their generous and continued support of SCASPA by investing in critical areas and where the need was most urgent. He too pledged his Government’s continued efforts to strengthen this valuable partnership.
Ambassador Chiou in his remarks made clear his country’s continued commitment to strengthen the bonds of partnership with the people of the Federation and he too pledged his continued commitment through his Embassy to further support, where necessary, the further development of the infrastructure of St. Kitts Nevis.
The renovation and expansion of the check-in area at RLB international Airport follows on the heel of earlier expansions of the Arrival Hall and the Departure Hall both funded also by the Embassy of China (on Taiwan). The soon to start renovations will include a total re-tiling of the floors, new check-in counters compatible with C.U.T.E. System (Common User Terminal Equipment), curbside refurbishing and bathroom renovations.