The Republic of China – Taiwan has gifted Ngaremlengui with a set of heavy equipment during a handover ceremony held in the state on February 6.

Ministry of Infrastructure, Industries and Commerce Charles Obichang, in his speech during the ceremony, expressed gratitude to Taiwan for its assistance.

Worth more than $500,000, the brand new equipment included a backhoe, a roller, a bulldozer, a backhoe, a loader, and two dump trucks. Separately, a fire truck donated by Japan was included in the package.

“We have a saying in Taiwan – only good and old friends visit during heavy rain and high wind,” Taiwan Ambassador to Palau Wallace Chow said as rain sprinkled down during the ceremony.

“These gifts will enable the state to maintain and construct critical infrastructure for the people of Ngeremlengui, which in turn will improve the daily lives of the people,” the ambassador added.

The ambassador also noted that this year marks the 20 years of close economic cooperation between Palau and the Republic of China (Taiwan), having established diplomatic ties in 1999.

Ngeremlengui Legislature Speaker Madraisau Recheked said the acquisition of the equipment fulfills a long-time dream of state leaders to acquire heavy equipment to help upgrade neglected but essential roads connecting the state’s five hamlets. He further thanked both President Remengesau and Ambassador Chow for their assistance in finally making this dream a reality.

Also attending the ceremony were state traditional leaders, members of the state legislature and residents of Ngeremlengui. (PR)