Under the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, SVG is one of the small number of countries in the world that has the right to fish for tuna in the Atlantic Ocean. This licence is hugely valuable, but both the NDP and ULP regimes foolishly allow the Taiwanese to use our licence.
It is alleged that Taiwan owes the SVG Treasury over E$50 billion in unpaid Fish Tax, as they have not paid any tax for the whole time they have been using SVG’s Atlantic Ocean tuna fishing licence. This is a huge amount of money that should have been pumped into the development of SVG over the last few decades.
SVG could have been a much more prosperous country, and our people could have been more prosperous too, if Taiwan had paid the alleged fish tax that they owe us. Instead of having a very high standard of living throughout SVG, our country is just another Haiti, with high unemployment and deep poverty and destitution.
Taiwan has been in SVG for over 35 years, and its presence here has seriously inhibited SVG’s development.
Taiwan has benefited from that relationship while the lives of a generation of Vincentians have been blighted.
The Taiwanese ships should land their fish catch in SVG, but they do not and this deprives Vincentians of jobs.
Is it that Taiwan just wants our people to be subordinate to them and dependent upon them, so they can spoon-feed us whenever they like? The more we are kept in poverty, the more power others will have over us. We end up being a begging nation. Taiwan use the same formula of exploitation in other countries around the world, where they operate a fish licence.
SVG Green Party says the Taiwan ambassador should pack his bags and go home.
If all the billions of dollars made by the Taiwanese had been invested in SVG, Vincentians would be much better off. SVG could have had free pre-schools 35 years ago, then Vincentian children would have a much better education. SVG could have had its own university 35 years ago, then tens of thousands of Vincentian children would be university graduates and be able to get high paying, long-term jobs anywhere in the world.
SVG could have had its own tuna fishing industry 35 years ago, and this would have sprouted secondary industries and created mass employment now in SVG.
A Green Government would cut ties with the Taiwanese and establish ties with China. Taiwan’s presence in SVG perpetuates poverty and squalor.
A Green government would set up an SVG tuna fishing and canning industry which would provide jobs for thousands of Vincentians. The billions of dollars that we could make from the tuna industry could be used to build our own SVG university, improve hospitals and other health facilities in SVG, provide free education from preschool to university, and connect every house to mains water and electricity.
In order to create a strong economy and prosperity and jobs for our people, Taiwan has to go. According to the Leader of SVG Green Party Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal, BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA, Taiwan must pay the SVG Treasury all of the billions of dollars it alleges owes unpaid Fish tax.