The 22nd session of the Conference to the Parties to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) took place from November 7-18. Tuvalu, Kiribati and Palau are three island nations located in the Pacific Ocean and the effects of the climate change can be seen in these three Pacific countries. The Ambassador of Tuvalu Minute Taupo and the Ambassador of Kiribati Teekoa Iuta both said the rise of sea level is obvious and cyclones become more extreme, adding that the intensity and frequency of days of extreme heat increase and annual rainfall increases as well ocean acidification The Education Attaché of Palau Mr. Jordan Yuri said the sharp decrease of golden jellyfish in Palau due to the effect of climate change is a concrete example. These jellyfish have been known worldwide as they do not sting.
The COP 23 meeting in Bonn,Germany concluded in November and the Ambassador of Kiribati, Ambassador Teekoa Iuta said she has talked to Kiribati delegation and they looked at the conference positively. Most countries take the issue seriously judging from the fact that Fiji, being a small country affected by climate change, was given the chair and that was a sign forward adding that big countries show support for a small country like Fiji to take leadership in the conference.
The Ambassador of Kiribati, Ambassador Teekoa Iuta added that the most important task for Kiribati is to ensure water and food security. Even without the issue of climate change, Kiribati has faced the problem of fresh water supply. But climate change makes the situation worse as it has eroded Kiribati’s land and caused salt water to penetrate into fresh water resources. Diseases such as diarrhea, cold and other health issues are prevalent and the government of Kiribati has continuously tackled this issue in order to improve the health of the people.More
Educational exchange has been an important part of the cooperation between Taiwan and Kiribati. Currently, there are more than 50 students from Kiribati studying in Taiwan, an increase from around 30 students in 2014.Kiribati students undertake various programs ranging from undergraduate, master’s and doctorate studies.
This year, among 8 students that graduated from 6 universities, one of them, Mr.Roman Korimara obtained Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, the first Kiribati student to obtain a Ph.D from Taiwan and one of the few Ph.D holders in Kiribati. Another outstanding student is Mr.Baraniko Eromanga who became the first Kiribati student to complete medical studies from Taiwan. The ambassador of Kiribati, Ambassador Teekoa Iuta said most medical students in Kiribati graduated from Fiji, New Zealand and Cuba.Taiwan’s I-shou Medical University provides post-undergraduate programs to foreign students now and it attracts more medical students from Kiribati.More
Kiribati is an island republic in the Central Pacific and the embassy of Kiribati was opened in Taipei in May 2013. Taiwan and Kiribati established diplomatic ties in 2003. The Ambassador of Kiribati Ambassador Teekoa Iuta said there are many ongoing cooperative projects between Taiwan and Kiribati. Some of the projects include humanitarian assistance, the construction of the airport runway, human resources development, short-term vocational training, clean energy, medical cooperation and education.
On the part of medical cooperation, Taiwan’s Mackay Memorial Hospital has been sending medical teams to Kiribati. The second mission Taiwan Mobile Medical Mission from Mackay Memorial Hospital completed the mission in September 2017 and it was the 23rd Taiwan Medical Mission to visit Kiribati. Taiwan has dispatched medical team to Kiribati since the establishment of the diplomatic ties. Every year, two teams are sent to Kiribati. The medical specialists provided outpatient clinics and rheumatic heart disease screening. According to Mackay Memorial Hospital, The team served 747 outpatients and 23 of them were considered as referral for overseas treatment. More and more patients from Kiribati have received treatment in Taiwan. Apart from outpatient clinics, the specialists also provide on-job training for medical staff and interns in Kiribati.More
Swedish Chamber of Commerce Taipei was founded in 2010 in Taipei and the CEO of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Taipei, Louise Bystrom said the aim is to promote commercial and industrial relations between Taiwan and Sweden. The chamber of commerce organizes various activities including Sweden Day and this year it will take place on December 9 at the Huashan Creative Park in Taipei. This allows the public in Taiwan to understand more about Sweden and to have face to face contact with Swedish companies in Taiwan Swedish companies have strong presence in Taiwan.
Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert and the director of Taiwan Banana Research Institute said it takes 3.5 to 5 years to develop a new variety of bananas and variety improvement is one of the biggest achievements Taiwan Banana Research Institute has made. Dr.Chao Chih-ping is the Director of Taiwan Banana Research Institute. Dr.Chao obtained his PhD in plant pathology at Lousiana State University, USA and master’s degree at Illinois University studying plant pathology and In late September at Asia Agri-Tech Expo and Forum, Taiwan Banana Research Institute made worldwide debut of TaiJiao No.7 or Banana No.7 and the unique trait is that it is the first variety the institute has registered in foreign countries and the property right can be protected.More
Dr,Chao Chi-ping, the director of Taiwan Banana Research Institute, has been devoted to the research of bananas for many decades. Dr.Chao Chih-ping has helped many foreign governments in the area of banana disease fighting, management and production. He has helped fight black sigatoka, a leaf spot disease in bananas in Saint Lucia and he said the production of bananas in Saint Lucia today has increased by 40% of the total volume in 2010 when the banana industry was devastated by black sigatoka. Dr.Chao has also been invited by the Australian government to help them fight TR4 Panama disease along with an expert from South Africa
In this week’s edition, Dr.Chao Chih-ping shares with us his views on international cooperation and how he has helped fight banana diseases in other countries. Dr.Chao Chih-ping is the Director of Taiwan Banana Research Institute. Dr.Chao obtained his PhD in plant pathology at Lousiana State University, USA and master’s degree at Illinois University studying plant pathology.More
Taiwan Banana Research Institute was founded in 1970 to promote the quality of banana production, improve the quality of banana and reduce the cost of production of bananas in Taiwan.
Banana is the most important fruit for export in Taiwan, grown under the subtropical weather, Taiwan’s banana has a flavor superior to those produced in tropical countries and a large quantity of Taiwan’s bananas has been exported to Japan in the last few decades. The banana industry in Taiwan has been affected due to the competition of bananas from the Philippines. How can Taiwan’s bananas beat the competition? What are some contributing factors that affect the banana production in Taiwan? Let’s hear from Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert and the Director of Taiwan Banana Research Institute. Dr.Chao obtained his PhD in plant pathology at Lousiana State University, USA and master’s degree at Illinois University studying plant pathology.More
Toastmasters International is an NGO headquartered in the US with the purpose to help its members improve communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Taiwan’s first Toastmaster Club was established in 1958 and the governing body is D67 of Toastmasters International located in Taipei. Trini Ding, the District Director of Taiwan D67 said Toastmasters D67 is a two-day conference that welcomes over 700 Toastmasters and guests to watch the finals where members will compete at the speech contest. Mayumi Hu, a member of the organizing committee said the registration starts now and they are making big efforts to make the big contest a huge success in Taiwan.More
Mr.Martin Eberts, Director General, German Institute Taipei said bilateral investment between Taiwan and Germany has intensified over the years and Germany basically has a full scope of bilateral trade with Taiwan adding that Taiwan is a preferred destination for high tech businesses due to the reliability and security of the location.
Germany is a key player in organic food in the world with high quality food without GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) and Mr.Martin Eberts said the government of Germany senses the same situation in Taiwan and hopes to increase cooperation in the area of organic agriculture. Taiwan’s organic agriculture began rather late in the 1980s but the market for organic food has grown by leaps and bounds due to rising concerns of food security, increasing awareness of health concerns and benefits.
Mr.Martin Eberts, the Director General of the German Institute Taipei, said the election in Germany ended peacefully and he was not surprised at the results.
The German representative in Taiwan said the political situation in Germany has changed and it is a normal process in a democracy so there is no need for any worries that a new party, AfD, the right-wing party will join the parliament. The government will continue to address the economic and security issues and fulfills its obligation to implement the climate change policy. Terrorism is EU’s citizens fastest growing concern and Germany will work with other countries in the world to combat terrorism.
Collaboration with Taiwan will increase with the focus on the energy sector that was introduced a couple years ago, Mr.Martin Eberts added. The focus of the cooperation will be on renewable energy and energy transition both on the regulations and laws as well as the technical side especially in the field of off-shore wind energy adding that Germany could share with Taiwan the experience of energy transition.
The representative of Mozambique Investment Promotion Center (MIPC), Mr.Achilles Yeh brought four musicians from Mozambique to perform at the Taichung Jazz Festival in Central Taiwan which runs from Oct 7th to 15th.
Taichung Jazz Festival is an international festival with musicians from USA, Spain, Belgium, Finland, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Israel and Mozambique.
In our studio today, we are joined by Mr. Achilles Yeh, the representative of Mozambique Investment Promotion Center in Taiwan along with four Mozambique musicians, Dúa Maciel, Orlando Venhereque, Walter Mabas and Xixel Langa.
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In our last week’s edition, the ambassador of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel talked about the ICT cooperation between Taiwan and Saint Lucia and how he hopes to promote tourism.
In this edition, the ambassador of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel said education and health sectors are important to Saint Lucia adding that health services in Taiwan are second to none in the world as he has lived in the US and the UK before. He said many students from Saint Lucia major in various disciplines in Taiwan including health services, engineering and agriculture. He believes these students will make a difference in the future when they return to Saint Lucia. The ambassador’s daughter came to Taiwan to study even before he was posted in Taiwan in 2015 as she was fascinated by things in Taiwan. She turned down the offer by the University of the West Indies and came to study in Taiwan instead.
During his tenure in Taiwan, the ambassador hopes to push for business development and through business partnership and investment, the ties between Taiwan and Saint Lucia can be further cemented as it will create jobs in the country. He said there will joint-venture in agro-processing and other types of business investment. Taiwanese are good at manufacturing and they can come to Saint Lucia to do light manufacturing business. Goods assembled and manufactured in Saint Lucia can be exported to all the Caribbean countries enjoying duty free qualifications.More