AGREEMENT ON AGRICULTURAL TECHNICAL COOPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN) AND THE GOVERNMENT OF SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES-1

The government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (hereinafterreferred to as “Party A”) and the government of the Republicof China (Taiwan) (hereinafter referred to as “Party B”),being desirous of further strengthening friendly bilateralrelations and promoting technical cooperation, have agreedthrough their respective representatives upon the followingarticles.ARTICLE 1Project objectives:A. study on a limited basis the techniques of intensive cultivation in small farms with lower-intermediate capital input to ensure their maximum production of crops and livestock, and other related new projects (such as aquaculture) as agreed upon by both Parties, for reducing the need for related imports;B. introduce new measures for soil and water conservation and crop rotation systems to enhance land fertility and productivity;C. achieve a level of production that will ensure an adequate level of nutrition throughout the year and a marketable surplus to supplement income; andD. show by demonstration how objectives A-C can be achieved.ARTICLE 2The project includes:A. Research: 1. determine how climate and soil conditions may be used toadvantage to provide the best results under a year-roundproduction system; 2. adopt selected varieties of crops and continue searching forbetter strains; 3. develop a system of record-keeping and farm productionanalysis for general application on small farms; and 4. test available small-farm machinery (both hand and power) todetermine the most suitable for local use.B. Training: 1. The technicians of Taiwan and Saint Vincent and Grenadineswill train farmers and related associations involved in theproject in new techniques. 2. The two Parties will cooperate in the production ofeducational materials.C. Reporting: 1. Reports and evaluations will be made seasonally, but noinformation will be released unless previously cleared byParty A. 2. Complete records on input and output will be kept toascertain the economic viability of farm operations.ARTICLE 3A. Both parties agree to the continuity of the Technical Mission (hereinafter referred to as “the Mission”), which will be composed of various agricultural experts and technicians according to the project’s needs.B. In the event that the aforementioned technicians cannot continue to perform their duties, Party B shall substitute them with new technicians.C. Party B shall defray the traveling costs of the members of the Mission to and from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and assume responsibility for their salaries during the period of their services.D. Party A shall exempt the aforementioned salaries from all resident and local taxes. The personal and household effects of the members of the Mission imported within one year of their arrival will also be exempt from all customs duties, taxes and other charges. Party A shall also accord the members of the Mission and their dependants entry and exit conveniences during the period of their service in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Mission shall be allowed to import and export automobiles for personnel and family use free of all customs duties, taxes and other charges.Should the aforementioned automobiles be disposed of within fouryears of the grant of this concession, they will be subject tothe relevant custom duties, taxes and other charges. The membersof the Mission shall be allowed to apply for a CD license platefor their vehicles.ARTICLE 4A. Party B shall provide its Mission with the necessary agricultural implements and seeds available in Taiwan and ship them to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.B. Upon arrival of the said agricultural implements and seeds at the port of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Party A shall exempt them from customs duties, taxes and other charges. Party A shall pay the warehousing, wharfage and other related expenses and assume responsibility for transporting them locally.C. The above-mentioned agricultural implements shall be donated to Party A upon the termination of services of Party B’s Mission.ARTICLE 5Party A shall provide the Mission with demonstration farms,assistant experts, office facilities and related services, aswell as the necessary agricultural equipment/tools and seeds notavailable in Taiwan, such as fertilizers and pesticides. Party Ashall also supply furnished housing for the members of theMission and transportation for their official duties.ARTICLE 6All produce from the demonstration farms, except the portionrequired for personal Consumption by members of the Mission andfor planting, shall be handed over to Party A, which willdetermine how it will be used. Party A may, for instance,consider using the produce, including seedlings, fruit, etc.,for distribution to local farmers at a minimal cost or for saleto the general public. Such funds will be deposited in a type ofrevolving fund to be managed jointly by Party A and the Missionand used to support this technical cooperation program.ARTICLE 7Party A shall appoint a liaison officer to render the Missionall necessary assistance.ARTICLE 8The period of service of the Mission in Saint Vincent and theGrenadines shall be in Accordance with estimated time needed tocomplete the projects and calculated from the date of the Mission’s arrival in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The period maybe extended via written agreement between the two Parties beforethe allotted time expires.ARTICLE 9This Agreement shall enter into force retroactively from thethirty-first day of August of the year two thousand six to thethirtieth day of August of the year two thousand eight in theGregorian calendar.IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, being duly authorizedthereto by each’s respective government, have signed thisAgreement.DONE in duplicate in Chinese and English languages, with bothtexts being equally authentic, at Kingstown, Saint Vincent andthe Grenadines on the twentieth day of the ninth month of theninety-fifth year of the Republic of China (Taiwan), whichcorresponds to the twentieth day of the ninth month of the yeartwo thousand six in the Gregorian calendar.For the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan)H. E. Jack Yu-Tai ChengAmbassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary toSt. Vincent And the GrenadinesFor the government of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesHon. Montgomery DanielMinistry of Agriculture, Forestry, and FisheriesREF. NO.95070The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) presents itscompliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commerce andTrade of St. Vincent and theGrenadines and has the honour to refer to latter’s Note No.466/2006 concerning the Agreement on Agricultural TechnicalCooperation between the Government of the Republic of China(Taiwan) and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.The Embassy bas the pleasure to inform the esteemed Ministrythat the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) bas agreedupon the draft revised by the Government of St. Vincent and theGrenadines as attached with the aforementioned Note, withsuggestions to mention both governments in full name only onceand thereafter as Party A and Party B respectively throughoutthe rest of the Agreement, and to emphasize, in the last phraseof Point 2 of Article 1, that new measures are introduced “toenhance land fertility and productivity.”The Embassy has the further honour to inform that the Embassy onbehalf of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) isready to sign the Agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture,Forestry and Fisheries on behalf of the Government of St.Vincent and the Grenadines. Attached please find two sets of theAgreement in both English and Chinese for signature. Texts inboth languages are equally authentic.The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) avails itself ofthis opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Commerce and Trade of St. Vincent and the Grenadines theassurances of its highest consideration.KingstownSeptember 18, 2006Encl.Our Ref, No. 600.8(3)Diplomatic Note No. 564/2006The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Trade of SaintVincent and theGrenadines presents its compliments to the Embassy of theRepublic of China (Taiwan) and with reference to the latter’sNote No. 95070 dated September 18th, 2006 regarding theAgreement on Agricultural Technical Cooperation between theGovernment of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Governmentof St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has the honour to advise thatthere is no objection to the proposed amendments to the reviseddraft.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Trade of SaintVincent and theGrenadines avails itself of this opportunity to renew to theEmbassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) the assurances of itshighest consideration.Kingstown20th September 2006