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Why PM of SVG & President of Taiwan should pay visit to Singapore

All Taiwan’s fishing vessels that operate Under CAP 59 Fisheries Act – Subsidiary Legislation Section 6, subsection (2) (a) (i) (ii) using the SVG national flag are required by law to offload their fish catch in SVG and pay fish tax to The SVG Treasury.

Taiwan is using SVG’s flag as its flag state, but Taiwan is not paying fish tax for being listed as a local fishing vessel in the fishery waters under the SVG flag. Taiwan is offloading its fish catch from the Atlantic Ocean in Trinidad, not in SVG and is not paying fish tax to the SVG Treasury.

It is conservatively estimated that Taiwan owes SVG EC$51 billion in fish tax for the period of 2001 to 2017.

A very recent visit by a Vincentian to Trinidad and Tobago eye witness account has confirm that Taiwan is offloading its fish catch in Trinidad and that Taiwan fish processing plant in Trinidad is very big.

Diligent research carried out by the Leader of SVG Green Party Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA has revealed Taiwan fish tax avoidance is real and massive, and call on Taiwan to pay SVG Treasury EC$51 billion without further delay. In our opinion, Taiwan is punching below the belt.

According to the Leader of SVG Green Party Retired British Royal Air Force Engineering Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA the Black Population in SVG has been going hungry and making significant sacrifice, not by choice, but by significant corruption within the political system that governs St Vincent and the Grenadines coupled to political ties with Taiwan.

Taiwan is not a sovereign state and as such Taiwan cannot fish Tuna in the Atlantic Ocean, St Vincent and the Grenadines has the legal right to Fish Tuna in the Atlantic Ocean.

All Taiwan’s Fishing Vessels that operate under CAP 59 Fisheries Act-Subsidiary Legislation Section 6, subsection (2) (a) (i) (ii) using the SVG national flag are required by law to offload their fish catch in SVG and pay fish tax to the SVG Treasury. But Taiwan offload its Atlantic Ocean fish catch in Trinidad and owes SVG EC$ 51 billion fish tax.

Taiwan’s response to not paying fish tax to SVG Treasury. The First Secretary (Press) issued a Press Release on November 14, 2014, I would like to kindly advise that, like those of other countries, the Taiwanese fishing vessels are registered lawfully in St Vincent and the Grenadines under the High Seas Fishing Act 2001. They abide by regulations and pay license fees and security bond or deposit. Above all, they only operate on the high seas in accordance with the regulations of International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT).

The Research was carried out by the Leader of SVG Green Party Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA.

The opportunity costs of not paying EC$51 billion to SVG Treasury is forcing the Indigenous Black Population in St Vincent and the Grenadines to going hungry and this very large heap of money is used to provide food for the Taiwan’s population.

Taiwan is highly dishonest and disrespectful to the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines by not paying the EC$51 billion fish tax to SVG Treasury. It is no surprise that since 2001 exactly 14 countries have cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan and formed ties with China.

Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal BSc (hons), MSc, MBA lived in Singapore with his wife and three children for two years and very strongly recommend the PM of SVG & the President of Taiwan pay an early visit to Singapore and see why Singapore has the highest standard of living in the World.

SVG Green Party is making a very strong call on Taiwan’s Ambassador to St Vincent and the Grenadines to pack his bags and go back to where he comes from.

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