In an impressive ceremony on Monday 19 December, The Embassy of The Republic of
China (Taiwan) was declared the Double Diamond sponsor of Sugar Mas 51.
Ambassador Michael Chau-Horng Lin presented a cheque in the amount of EC$1.4
Million to the Chairperson of the St Kitts Nevis National Carnival Committee (SKNNCC),
This sponsorship to Sugar Mas 51 represents Taiwan’s overwhelming support for St Kitts
Nevis. On the attainment of Independence in 1983, The Republic of China (Taiwan) was
the first country to establish diplomatic relations with St Kitts Nevis. Since then, the thirty-
nine-year-old relationship has blossomed into mutual benefits for both countries.
During that period, hundreds of nationals have benefitted from advanced Tertiary
Education at various Universities in Taiwan including past pageant contestants and soca
artistes. Bilateral collaboration has included cultural exchanges, agricultural expositions,
and infrastructure development to name a few.
Chairperson Shannon Hawley was ecstatic with the major contribution to Sugar Mas 51.
She stated, “With this being the first full-format carnival since the pandemic, additional
funds were needed to assist in the production of the overall event in order to have the
best Sugar Mas ever”. Ms. Hawley thanked Ambassador Lin for the enormous
contribution and vowed to use the funds for the benefit of all stakeholders.
Sugar Mas got on the way on December 2 and will run through January 3, 2023.