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St Lucia-China Friendship Association adopts new 2014 plan of action
Published on February 21, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia-China Friendship Association (SLCFA) has adopted a plan of action for 2014, the year of its tenth anniversary. It is also set to expand its activities island-wide, to establish new sub-committees and to move to take people-to-people relations between China and Saint Lucia to a new level.

The decisions were taken at a special extraordinary annual general meeting of the SLCFA held on Saturday February 15, when a new leadership was also elected.

Saturday’s meeting heard a report on activities of the SLCFA since 2013 and also discussed a proposed action plan for the rest of this year, starting with a special statement to mark the 35th anniversary of Saint Lucia’s independence.

The activities planned include establishment of zonal branches and local committee in all 17 constituencies across the island.

The SLCFA also plans a series of workshops this year on ‘How to do Business with China’ and ‘Development of Tourism Links between China and Saint Lucia.’

To achieve its 2014 goals, the SLCFA has agreed to the establishment of new sub-committees to include an economic and business arm, youth/students and children’s committee, sports and culture committees. A special section will also be created for honourary members who have represented Saint Lucia at various international events in China.

This being the year of the SLCFA’s tenth anniversary, the association plans to renew its 2005 memorandum of understanding with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and to upgrade its association with the Latin American and Caribbean Federation of China Friendship Associations (FALCACC).

The association also plans to pursue a long-standing goal of establishing a Caribbean Federation of China Friendship Associations to unite associations in the English-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the French and Dutch-speaking Caribbean islands and territories, and other states washed by the Caribbean Sea.
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