The re-construction of the Chinese Pagoda in Victoria has been grinding to a halt and this prompted Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, to meet representatives of the local Chinese community. In the absence of Charlie Ng, the Chairman of the Chinese Association, it was Rose-Mary Lee-Bluemner, the Secretary of the Association, and Elizabeth Lee Kim Koon who met with Minister St.Ange and Anne Lafortune, the PS for Tourism, at the Ministry’s ESPACE Offices in Victoria.
Minister Alain St.Ange said that as Culture Minister he wanted to be updated on the progress of the construction of the Chinese Pagoda. “We hear that the work on the Pagoda has just about stopped and wanted to be updated because the reconstruction of that Pagoda is crucial for the unity and harmony within the local Chinese community,” said Minister St.Ange. In discussions that followed, the Minister was informed of financial challenges by the Association which has resulted in the delay in re-construction work of the Pagoda.
Minister St.Ange and a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture will be visiting the construction site of the Victoria Pagoda next week, together with members of the Chinese Association, their architects, and the Pagoda contractors in order to be fully updated on the project. “We know that this situation cannot stay the way it is. It is a let-down for the Chinese community of Seychelles, so we need to sit and discuss how to break the stalemate that exists to help the Association get the remaining funds to complete their project in Victoria,” said Minister St.Ange.
The Chinese Pagoda of Victoria is a vital project for the local Chinese community. It will be their place of worship as well as their meeting and socializing venue.
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