It may not seem like it, but the September Celebrations are literally weeks away. Belizeans will soon fill the parks and line the streets to mark the 32nd anniversary of national independence and the 215th anniversary of the event that occasioned the birth of the nation, the Battle of St. George’s Caye. Today at the site where once upon a time the latter was celebrated, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency David Wu, handed over a cheque for $40,000 to co-chair of the National Celebrations Commission and director of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), Diane Haylock. As he tells us, this is a regular expense and a necessary one.
His Excellency David Wu – Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan):
This is the fourth year my Embassy is representing the Government of Taiwan. We partner with National Celebration Commission. This year will be the 32nd Anniversary of your Independence Day, and in the past four years we always donate 20 thousand US dollars for the celebration. We are very honored, and it’s a privilege for me to make the donation this year again.