Wow Africa is an NGO in Taiwan with the goal to promote the understanding of Africa through economic and cultural exchanges. It is also a platform to provide information about Africa to the general public in Taiwan. It bridges the gap between Taiwan and Africa and according to Pepe He Pei-Jia, co-founder and Editor-in-chief of Wow Africa, the media in Taiwan focuses on negative coverage of Africa and her NGO is to break the stereotype of negative perceptions about Africa. She said, for example, Rwanda, which has been perceived as underdeveloped, has been plastic free since 2008. The African country completely banned the use of plastic bags while other countries started imposing taxes on plastic bags.
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The United Workers Party (UWP) of Saint Lucia won the general election in June 2016 and Prof.Denys Springer, a research fellow at Academia Sinica, the national academy of Taiwan and former director of Government Information Service of Saint Lucia said he believes the relations between Taiwan and Saint Lucia will continue to grow stronger.
Prof.Denys Springer said Saint Lucia has benefited a lot from Taiwan in a vast majority of areas including in agriculture, food processing, aquaculture, public health and infrastructure. Prof.Denys Springer stated that Saint Lucia mainly depends on revenue from tourism and banana production, adding that Saint Lucia should transform itself into a high-tech island like Taiwan. Taiwan has helped fight black sigatoka, a banana leaf spot disease and Saint Lucia used to be an important exporter of bananas to Europe.More
Taiwan and Saint Lucia resumed diplomatic ties in 2007 after a ten-year break and in 2015, Saint Lucia opened its embassy in Taipei, the first embassy of Saint Lucia in Asia. On June 9, President Tsai Ing-wen and Premier Lin Chuan sent congratulations to the new prime minister of Saint Lucia. Political Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, was officially sworn in as Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, succeeding Dr. Kenny Anthony on June 7, 2016.
Prof.Denys Springer, a research fellow at Academia Sinica, the national academy of Taiwan and former director of Government Information Service of Saint Lucia believes the new administration in Saint Lucia will work closer with the new government of Taiwan.More
The ambassador of Nauru, Ambassador Ludwig Keke has been posted in Taiwan for nine and a half years and he said the most challenging part of his work during his posting was the establishment the embassy in Taiwan, adding that many people and diplomats from other countries gave a helping hand such as the former ambassador of the Solomon Islands. Asked what he likes most about Taiwan, he said the friendliness of the people and that when he finds out that his wife, Mme Ann Keke can walk alone in the middle of night safely without any worry, he is happy as well.
Mme Ann Keke said the memories they are going to take back to Nauru include the friendliness of the people, the food, the safety of the city and the convenience of multi-purpose convenience stores in Taiwan where you can pick up your laundry or products purchased on line, buy tickets, apart from the normal functions of convenience stores in other countries.
They have been happily married for almost fifty years with two sons; Kieren Keke, a former minister of foreign affairs of Nauru and house speaker; the other is Kristian Keke, a senior pilot for Japan-based ANA airlines (All Nippon Airways). Mme Ann Keke said the most challenging part being a diplomat’s wife is that she doesn’t get to be with family members all the time.More
The ambassador of Nauru, Ambassador Ludwig Keke has been posted in Taiwan for nine and a half years since he first arrived in 2007. In April this year, then-Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin, on behalf of then-President Ma, conferred the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon upon Ambassador Keke in recognition of his outstanding contributions to bilateral relations.
Ambassador Keke is a senior politician and diplomat. He is also the most senior member of Nauru’s Parliament and served as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker once. He was also the envoy of Nauru to Fiji. Ambassador Keke went to Queensland University majoring in dentistry. He was a dentist in Brisbane, Australia before going back to Nauru to serve as a dentist and a politician in 1967. Madame Ann Keke, an Australian of Dutch origin was in Nauru when she met Ambassador Ludwig Keke. They have been happily married for almost fifty years with two sons.More
When people in Taiwan think about home furniture, they associate it with international brands such as IKEA and B&Q, but Taiwan has seen a 60-year period of exporting furniture and many companies have established self-owned brands with high quality and creative products. One of them is AJ2 and the founder of this Taiwanese local brand is a young gentleman, Kevin Tsai, who received his higher education at UCLA in the US.
Kevin Tsai, a 26-year-old founder, originally returned to Taiwan to inherit his father’s business in the furniture factory, but he then thought of setting up a local home furniture brand as he believes furniture plays a vital role at home and especially at a time when most young people in Taiwan cannot afford to buy skyrocketing real estate, but they can buy furniture with better design and quality at an affordable price range to make their rented place feel like home.
That was the idea of setting up a company to begin with, but Kevin Tsai said selling a piece of furniture is not his ultimate goal but providing a better living experience is. Hence he also hopes to provide more home accessories to furniture buyers in Taiwan.More
Taiwan has hosted Asia’s largest professional ICT show for 35 years and this year, COMPUTEX 2016 also featured IoT (Internet of Things) and startup exhibits as well as the opening of the HWBOT World Tour overclocking competition. Sascha Pallenberg said the greatest thing about this year’s COMPUTEX is InnoVEX, a special startup exhibition with the hope to spark the interests of more Taiwanese innovative startups through exhibitions and presentations.
Sascha Pallenberg is a tech blogger living in Taipei and has constantly travelled between Asia, the US and Europe. He has been invited to give speeches on mobile computing and other modern technology and he strongly encourages young graduates in Taiwan to develop their own brand of startup ecosystem even though cultural constraints make it harder for them as they are afraid of failure.More
COMPUTEX Taipei 2016, running from May 31st to June 4th, attracted more than 1,600 exhibitors from 30 countries. An Austrian ICT delegation made up of 20 representatives of companies also came to take part in this year's COMPUTEX and to explore business opportunities and cooperation with Taiwan’s leading high-tech firms, science parks and research institutes. This year's main theme was “Building Partnerships in Internet Computing Ecosystems” focusing on IoT technology application, Innovation and Startups, Business Solution and Gaming.
Let's hear from Sascha Pallenberg on the future trends of ICT. Sascha Pallenberg is the Editor in Chief @ Mobilegeeks and is also a tech blogger living in Taipei and has constantly travelled between Asia, the US and Europe. He has been invited to give speeches on mobile computing and other modern technology. Sascha Pallenberg has been named as one of the top 20 Smart Mobile Device Pundits by Freescale in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 which makes him the first person to win this award for four consecutive years.More
President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first woman president pledged to maintain stable cross-strait relations with mainland China in her inaugural address on May 20. President Tsai said she will work to maintain the existing mechanisms for dialogue across the Taiwan Strait adding that she respects the historical fact of the various acknowledgements and understandings reached between the two sides in 1992. But she did not mention the phrase “1992 consensus” as used by the former government and PRC. But she did mention that she would be guided by the Constitution of the Republic of China, a saying that was accepted by China in the past.
Prof.Denys Springer, a visiting scholar at Academia Sinica, the most prominent academic institution in Taiwan, said, as he previously wrote in one of his articles, that President Tsai will manage the cross-strait relationship in a stable manner, a position different from the “once country on each side” stance advocated by former President Chen Shui-bian of the DPP in 2002.More
Father Yves Moal, is planning to build a nursing home, called Yi Feng Garden for the elderly physically and mentally challenged people. He is a 74-year-old French priest who has dedicated his whole life to helping the disadvantaged groups in Taiwan since he arrived in Taiwan at the age of 25. The project requires a total of NT$80 million (US$ 2.47 million) and Father Yves Moal said he has raised NT$30 million (US$ 92 thousand) only so far.
Father Yves Moal was awarded Taiwan’s Presidential Culture Award in the humanitarian category in September 2015 for his devotion to the physically and mentally challenged, homeless, orphans and other underprivileged groups in Taiwan.
Apart from fundraising, Father Yves Moal runs a second-hand bookstore and relies on selling furniture made by the residents of St.Andrew Training Center, a center he is in charge of and is now home to around 50 physically and mentally challenged people in Hualien, eastern Taiwan.
For more information about St.Andrew Training Center (in Chinese), please visit https://www.facebook.com/anders/More
The Taiwanese government has developed aquaculture in Saint Lucia by helping local farmers breed fresh water prawns, tilapia and crayfish in ponds and has helped establish a tissue culture lab and two orchid green houses. Saint Lucia now grows more than 40 species of orchids. Aquaculture and agriculture are important to the tourism industry in Saint Lucia.
Bananas are an important export item for Saint Lucia. But since 2010, the banana industry has been threatened by black sigatoka, a banana leaf spot disease that can cut the fruit production in half. Small farmers could not afford expensive measures to fight the disease and the government of Taiwan has then helped farmers in Saint Lucia fight the disease, improve productivity and restore the banana growing capacity.More
Saint Lucia is an island country located in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The Caribbean nation opened an embassy in Taiwan in June 2015, in an effort to strengthen bilateral ties and it is the first embassy of Saint Lucia in the Asia Pacific region. Taiwan and Saint Lucia established diplomatic ties in 2007 and the ambassador of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel said both sides have been working on a wide range of cooperative projects including public health, aquaculture, education, infrastructure and culture.
In the field of public health, Taiwan’s Changhua Christian Hospital established partnership with Saint Jude Hospital in Saint Lucia in 2009 and they have helped train medical staff in Saint Lucia ever since.More
According to Prof.Lee Hong-yuan, a professor in the department of civil engineering at National Taiwan University, currently there are around 6.5 million buildings, older than 30 years in Taiwan and the government needs to demonstrate stronger coordination among different ministries and local governments in order to cope with a future devastating earthquake in Taiwan.
Government statistics show that more than 8.6 million people live in 2.5 million buildings within 10 kilometers of an active fault line and many of these buildings are over 30 years. In early March, the government announced the database of some areas in Taiwan that are prone to soil liquefaction. Soil liquefaction has become an issue of public concern in Taiwan as many believed that it was the main factor that caused the death of 117 people in a major earthquake that hit southern Taiwan in February this year.More