The President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Tsai Ing-wen made an official visit to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) on Wednesday July 17th, 2019. Said visit was the third leg of President Ing-wen's “Journey of Freedom, Democracy, and Sustainability” tour of Taipei’s allies in the Caribbean. The purpose of her visit was to further strengthen cooperation, exchanges and friendship between Taiwan and its four Caribbean allies. This was the President’s first visit to the region as head of state since assuming office in May 2016.
At the Botanical Garden, President Ing-wen was formally welcomed by Curator (Ag.), Mr. Gordon Shallow, who facilitated a tour of the Nicholls Wildlife Complex, a sanctuary located in the Garden for the endemic St. Vincent Parrot Amazona guildingii, the national bird of SVG.
President Ing-wen was greeted by government officials, other dignitaries, primary and secondary school students, and members of the general public. The students were all bearers of the national flags of both SVG and the Republic of China on Taiwan.
Cultural performances were provided by the Sion Hill Euphonium Steel Orchestra and the Renaissance Dance Company who danced the Maypole and performed the Punta, a traditional dance of the Garifuna, one of SVG’s indigenous peoples.
Following the cultural performances, President Tsai Ing-wen planted a seedling of the Jujube Ziziphus jujuba Mil. She then proceeded to tour the home of the Garden's first curator.