Bilateral relations between the governments of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Republic of China (Taiwan) were strengthened yesterday with the signing of an Agreement on the Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Diabetes here and the launch of the Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS) and PKI Smart Card System.

The signing of the bilateral agreement and launch of the EDRMS was a highlight of the one day state visit to this country by His Excellency, David Tawei Lee, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Speaking at the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Conference room, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Luke Browne said the primary objective of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Agreement is to provide assistance in planning effective integrated care strategies and practices on the prevention and control of the disease.

He said the budget for the project is just over two million US dollars, the bulk of which will be provided by the Government of Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning, Sustainable Development and Information Technology, Camillo Gonsalves said the introduction of the EDRMS which values about 2 million US dollars, is aimed at improving the public administrative efficiency and strengthening the information security for e-Government applications.

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