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Fri 7th Aug 2020

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Taiwan owes the SVG Treasury over $50 billion in unpaid Fish Tax

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 conservatively estimated 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 in to 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 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.

The parasite Taiwan has been in SVG for over 35 years and Taiwan’s presence here has seriously inhibited SVG’s development. Taiwan has been bleeding our nation dry for over 3 decades and blighted the lives of a generation of Vincentians.

The Taiwanese ships should land their fish catch in SVG, but they do not and this deprives Vincentians of jobs. Taiwan just want our people to be subordinate to them and dependent upon them, so they can spoon-feed us whenever they like. The more they keep us in poverty, the more power they exert over our people. They make our country a begging nation. Taiwan use the same formula of exploitation in other countries around the world where they operate a fish licence.

The Taiwan ambassador should pack his bags and go home.

If all the billions of dollars made by the parasitic Taiwanese had been invested in SVG, Vincentians would be much better off. SVG could have had free preschools 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-paid, 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 there would be mass employment now in SVG.

A Green government would deport the Taiwan ambassador and cut ties with the parasitic Taiwanese and made 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, parasitic 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 in unpaid Fish tax.

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