The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the recipient of two new vehicles from the People’s Republic of China.
Chinese Ambassador to Grenada, Ou Boqian made the presentation of the keys to the two brand new Kia vehicles during a brief presentation ceremony held Monday at the Ministerial Complex.
In her remarks, the female Ambassador described the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed by Nickolas Steele as one of the most active government entities in Grenada.
She said the ministry has offered the Chinese Embassy a lot of assistance and has been making great effort in the past year.
According to Ambassador Boquian, the vehicles valued at US$50,000.00, is a small token from the People’s Republic of China and the Grenada-based Chinese Embassy for the excellent job done by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Business over the past year.
She noted that both St. George’s and Beijing continue to enjoy good international relations.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nickolas Steele who received the keys to the vehicles, said that this latest presentation from China is yet another example of the friendship which continues to grow from strength to strength between the two countries.
The senior Government minister said that the vehicles are much needed at a time when the country is in a financially challenging period.
He assured the ambassador that the vehicles would be well looked after and their uses would be maximized.
Steele later told The New Today newspaper that the vehicles presented to his ministry were not requested from the Chinese Embassy but came as a result of the personal observation of the Chinese Ambassador.
The vehicles were purchased from the minister’s family company, Steele’s Auto located in River Road, St George’s.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Business, Arlene Buckmire-Outram, described the kind gesture from the Chinese Ambassador as a good way to start the New Year, as well as another manifestation of the good relationship existing between both countries.
Buckmire-Outram referred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Business as the face of the nation because it was always interacting with international embassies and as such needed to maintain a good image of the country.
She assured Ambassador Boqian that the vehicles would be well cared for and would maximize its use in the work that they do.
Grenada has been receiving assistance from China in many areas following the decision of the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government in early 2005 to break off ties with the Republic of China on Taiwan.
Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province that belongs to the mainland.
One of the major projects China has committed to undertake in Grenada in 2004 is the reconstruction of the national Athletic and Football Stadium at a cost of approximately US$25 million.