Fri 22nd Aug 2014

Poverty with parasitic Taiwan or jobs, jobs, jobs with generous China

Taiwan came to SVG over 30 years ago with the spurious pretence of helping SVG's agricultural sector. One only needs to look around SVG to see that agriculture is virtually dead. Taiwan has been useless and Taiwan's presence in SVG is holding back our country and perpetuating poverty.

Taiwan is a parasite. Taiwan uses SVG's deep sea fish licence and makes billions of dollars. For every dollar that Taiwan gives SVG in donations, they cream-off about a thousand dollars. SVG must take back our deep sea fish licence from Taiwan and deport the Taiwan Ambassador.

For SVG to move forward and create thousands of new jobs, we must cut ties with parasitic Taiwan and establish ties with generous China. China will invest in our economy.

China has had ties with Zimbabwe for over 30 years and has been generous in boosting the Zimbabwean economy and creating thousands of new jobs. China has invested heavily in Zimbabwe's economy and opened up its own economy in 1980 to establish bi-lateral trade ties with Zimbabwe.

Bi-lateral trade volumes between Zimbabwe and China doubled between 2010 and 2013 to US$1.1 billion. In 2013, Zimbabwe's trade surplus to China was US$274 million. Parasitic Taiwan has not bothered to create bi-lateral trade links with SVG or build one factory. SVG businesses have not been given opportunities to export to Taiwan and this is holding back our economy.

In Zimbabwe, China has built three state-of-the-art 200 bed hospitals and a university. It is an insult to the people of SVG that Taiwan creams-off billions of dollars from SVG's deep sea fish licence and gives SVG in return a few bits of equipment for the Kingstown hospital and about 20 university scholarships a year.

The 20 scholarships represent opportunities for fewer than 1 per cent of the number of children starting school each year. SVG needs its own university so that about 50 to 70 per cent of each school year graduates from university as in the UK and Denmark. SVG needs to make ties with generous China. With an educated population, we will boost SVG's economy significantly.

The 2013 Fisherman of the year said that SVG's fish industry is a billion dollar industry. This is true and to make this billion dollar industry benefit Vincentians, we must get rid of the parasite Taiwan and form a joint-venture fishing industry with China. This industry will create over a thousand new jobs.

A billion dollar joint-venture fishing industry with China will have a multiplying effect in job creation and will create hundreds of new jobs for our people in associated industries such as fish canning and curing, fish oil processing, fish exporting, ice-making plants, cold-storage services, boat-building yards, fishing net manufacturing and engine repair and maintenance services.

After 33 years of the SVG - Taiwan relationship, our economy is on the verge of collapse, there is high unemployment, high crime and substantial poverty throughout the country. Both the NDP and the ULP regimes seem happy to let Taiwan abuse our country and let Vincentians continue to suffer. They do not have the vision to see the need for change and for bi-lateral trade agreements to be established with China.

In order to create thousands of new jobs for our people, a Green government will cut ties with parasitic Taiwan and set up bi-lateral trade ties with generous China. This will provide opportunities for SVG businesses to export and boost the SVG economy. In turn, this will get money circulating around the country and create jobs, jobs, jobs for our people.

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