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Asher Yarden: Israel hopes to boost trade and tourism in Taiwan in 2017 On the Line
2016-12-25
  • Asher Yarden: Israel hopes to boost trade and tourism in Taiwan in 2017

    Asher Yarden: Israel hopes to boost trade and tourism in Taiwan in 2017

    Mr.Asher Yarden, the representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei
  • Asher Yarden: Israel hopes to boost trade and tourism in Taiwan in 2017

    Asher Yarden: Israel hopes to boost trade and tourism in Taiwan in 2017

    Mr.Asher Yarden, the representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei
  • Asher Yarden: Israel hopes to boost trade and tourism in Taiwan in 2017

    Asher Yarden: Israel hopes to boost trade and tourism in Taiwan in 2017

    Mr.Asher Yarden, the representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei

Asher Yarden, the representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei said in the year 2017, he hopes to increase the number of Taiwanese tourists to Israel stating that the number of Taiwanese tourists is between 6,000 and 7,000 which is far from satisfaction even though the number rose from 3,000 in 2010 to around 6,000 in 2014. He will discuss with airline companies both in Taiwan and Israel on the feasibility of direct flight services in the future.

 

Asher Yarden said the trade volume of US$1.5 billion dollars can also be enhanced. More can be done to increase the understanding of both sides as the Israeli representative says peoples of both sides do not know much about each other and he will do more to promote the bilateral trade relations.

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zL0K6t_Dfk

 

Interview with Mme.Zethu Dlamini

Interview with Mme.Zethu Dlamini

Interview with Mme.Zethu Dlamini

2016-11-27 01:00:00

Mme.Zethu Dlamini, the wife of the ambassador of the Kingdom of Swaziland, is a fashion stylist and fashion lifestyle blogger. Zethu Dlamini used to work for Al Ostoura International Company, the oldest luxury fashion retailer in the Middle East, based in Kuwait and for KNOCKBOOK, an online advertising company in Kuwait. She lived in Kuwait before her husband was posted in Taiwan. Zethu Dlamini said there is a connection between Taiwan and Swaziland in the area of charity work, citing an example of Project Cannan that helps abandoned children in Swaziland. Zethu Dlamini said she hopes to do more in the future.

 

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http://video.rti.org.tw/media/detail/?recordId=978

 

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Climate change affects Taiwan’s allies-Tuvalu, Kiribati and Palau

Climate change affects Taiwan’s allies-Tuvalu, Kiribati and Palau

Climate change affects Taiwan’s allies-Tuvalu, Kiribati and Palau

2016-11-20 01:00:00

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.

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Interview with Tuvalu Amb. Minute Taupo, Kiribati Amb.Teekoa Iuta and Palau Attaché Jordan Yuri

Interview with Tuvalu Amb. Minute Taupo, Kiribati Amb.Teekoa Iuta and Palau Attaché Jordan Yuri

Interview with Tuvalu Amb. Minute Taupo, Kiribati Amb.Teekoa Iuta and Palau Attaché Jordan Yuri

2016-11-13 01:00:00

This year, Kiribati has participated in the Olympic Games in the fourth consecutive time. Tuvalu also sent one athlete and it was the 3rd time for Tuvalu to take part in the international sporting event and it was Palau’s 5th time. The Ambassador of Tuvalu Minute Taupo, the Ambassador of Kiribati Teekoa Iuta and the Education Attaché of Palau Mr. Jordan Yuri all agreed that  apart from getting the world to know these south Pacific countries, athletes will also be able perform in the international arena, encouraging more young talents to join the sporting events. Kiribati weightlifter David Kataotau who lost his family in a cyclone danced off the stage each time to raise the awareness of the threat of the climate change poses to his country. Etimoni Timuani, a sprinter from Tuvalu caught the attention saying that he took part to expose his country. His best time is 11.72 seconds This year, Palau’s runner, Rodman Teitull made Olympic history to be the first athlete from Palau to pass the preliminary rounds. 

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Caroline Gluck shares her humanitarian aid work in her new book

Caroline Gluck shares her humanitarian aid work in her new book

Caroline Gluck shares her humanitarian aid work in her new book

2016-11-06 01:00:00

Caroline Gluck, a former BBC correspondent started to engage in humanitarian aid work in 2009, working for Oxfam and ECHO. Since 2015, she has started to work for UNHCR (United Nations Humanitarian Refugee Agency) based in Baghdad, Iraq. She helped with the humanitarian aid in Haiti after the devastating earthquake and personally witnessed the influx of refugees from Syria to Iraq. Let’s hear from Caroline Gluck, a senior public information officer of UNHCR in Iraq and why she wrote the book No Dead Bodies After 3:30 PM.  

 

For more information, please visit

https://www.facebook.com/NoDeadBodies/

 

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Prof.Denys Springer: Taiwan has extended olive branches to China

Prof.Denys Springer: Taiwan has extended olive branches to China

Prof.Denys Springer: Taiwan has extended olive branches to China

2016-10-30 01:00:00

President Tsai Ing-wen on her first National Day address stressed that she would maintain a consistent, predictable and sustainable relationship with mainland China while maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait. But China reacted by saying the 1992 consensus remains the touchstone for China’s Taiwan policy. Cross-strait relations have become delicate after President Tsai took office in May. China reiterated that Taiwan must accept the 1992 consensus as a precondition for participating in international organizations and blocked Taiwan’s participation at the world’s leading civil aviation summit, ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) in late September.

 

Let’s hear from a political scientist from Saint Lucia, Prof.Denys Springer. Prof.Springer is the former director of the Government Information Service of Saint Lucia and a visiting research fellow at Academia SInica, the highest academic institution in Taiwan.

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC3bgo7xg2U

 

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Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry: Taiwan and Burkina Faso enjoy close relations

Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry: Taiwan and Burkina Faso enjoy close relations

Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry: Taiwan and Burkina Faso enjoy close relations

2016-10-23 01:00:00

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa with a population of around 18 million. Taiwan and Burkina Faso have enjoyed diplomatic relations since 1994. The minister of foreign affairs of Burkina Faso Alpha Barry recently visited Taiwan and said the change of the governments in Taiwan and Burkina Faso has not affected relations between the countries adding that there have many cooperative projects going on. Since 1994, Taiwan has expanded medical cooperation by establishing health centers in villages in Burkina Faso and the National Hospital of Blaise Compaoré is one of the most modern and biggest hospitals in West Africa.

 

The foreign minister said that Taiwanese project, “A Lamp Lighting up Africa” has helped with providing LED lamps for students in rural areas to study at night. Students have to go to school in the day time to re-charge the lamps and that encourages more young children to receive education.

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Turkish representative Ismet Erikan promotes cultural diplomacy in Taiwan

Turkish representative Ismet Erikan promotes cultural diplomacy in Taiwan

Turkish representative Ismet Erikan promotes cultural diplomacy in Taiwan

2016-10-16 01:00:00

Turkish representative, Ambassador Ismet Erikan has been actively promoting Turkey to Taiwanese. He said October is a Turkish month filled with many Turkish cultural activities. Ambassador Ismet Erikan said the launching of the direct flight between Taipei and Istanbul opens a window of opportunity for both Taiwanese and Turkish. He hopes the cargo flight will be filled with merchandise from Turkey to Taiwan one day.

 

Ambassador Ismet Erikan is a seasoned diplomat and he has been promoting cultural exchanges by helping Turkish artists hold exhibitions in Taiwan. He said cultural diplomacy touches the heart of the people and he vows to go to one university to lecture on Turkey in Taiwan. He even goes to elementary and middle schools to promote his country.

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-r0NJ5XuUs

 

 

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Ismet Erikan encourages Taiwanese to visit Turkey

Ismet Erikan encourages Taiwanese to visit Turkey

Ismet Erikan encourages Taiwanese to visit Turkey

2016-10-09 01:00:00

Turkish representative Ambassador Ismet Erikan said Turkey is just as safe as any other major countries in Europe despite the fact Turkey is still placed under the state of emergency citing that the state of emergency applies more to the government rather than to the public. He said any Taiwanese whom he met that has been to Turkey after the attempted military coup said Turkey is a safe travel destination.

 

The Turkish representative said Taiwanese can apply the Turkish visa on line without having to pay any fee. He jokingly added that one day at a seminar when he mentioned the whole process could be completed within three minutes, a Taiwanese lady corrected him by saying it took her only two minutes.

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-r0NJ5XuUs

 

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Prof.Dana Arieli, Israeli photographer and historian hopes to capture Taiwan through the lens

Prof.Dana Arieli, Israeli photographer and historian hopes to capture Taiwan through the lens

Prof.Dana Arieli, Israeli photographer and historian hopes to capture Taiwan through the lens

2016-10-02 01:00:00

The exhibition of Country Focus at Taiwan Designers’ Week 2016 houses a collection of 42 works from Israel in collaboration with Holon Institute of Technology. Professor Dana Arieli, a professor at H.I.T Holon Institute of Technology is in Taiwan to attend the event. She was Dean of Design Faculty at H.I.T Holon Institute of Technology between 2004-2012 and once served as the head of History and Theory Department at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Her research deals with interrelations between Art and Politics in both totalitarian and democratic systems. She said when there is an oppression, there is no autonomy in art. She has published a few books and one of them is The Nazi Phantom: A Journey after the Third Reich

 

For more information on High Contrast at Taiwan Designers’ Week 2016.

http://www.highcontrast-hit.com/ 

Fore more about Prof.Dana Arieli,

http://danaarieli.com/

 

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RTI Interviews DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

RTI Interviews DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

RTI Interviews DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

2016-09-25 01:00:00

DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang said as part of the New Southbound Policy, the government of Taiwan has recently relaxed visa requirements for Southeast Asian tourists, in August, citizens of Thailand and Brunei were granted visa-free entry to Taiwan and in September, visa requirements for nationals of Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos have been relaxed. Similar visa relaxation has been previously granted to passport holders of Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and India.

 

DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang said that with the decrease in the number of mainland Chinese tourists, maybe it is a good time for the travel agencies and tour bus operators to switch their target customers to tourists from Southeast Asia now, adding that she understands the challenges ahead with the lack of tour guides who speak languages of Southeast Asian countries. She said she will also listen to different opinions and concerns voiced by the travel agencies and tour bus operators to help solve the problems together.

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBhOYL68cg0

 

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Interview with DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

Interview with DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

Interview with DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

2016-09-18 01:00:00

DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang said President Tsai Ing-wen has been in office for more than 100 days now and the new administration has carried out many reforms including labor and pension reforms, adding that reforms take a long time and we should give the government some time.

 

Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang said the aim of the government is to establish a sustainable pension system to ensure that all retirees in Taiwan can have a good standard of living. Pension reforms will be guided by principles to ensure that seniors have a basic livelihood. It is necessary to have the pension reform now, according to the statistics, spending on civil servants’ pension accounts for 8% of the government’s annual budget and each retiree receives an average pension payment of more than NT$56,000 (USD$1,780) per month, more than double the amount for laborers. These retirees include veterans, retired civil servants and school teachers. Apart from that, they enjoy the 18% preferential interest rate on pension deposits.

  

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBhOYL68cg0

 

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Mrs.Lupthawan Walsh talks about Thai migrant workers in Taiwan

Mrs.Lupthawan Walsh talks about Thai migrant workers in Taiwan

Mrs.Lupthawan Walsh talks about Thai migrant workers in Taiwan

2016-09-11 01:00:00

The number of migrant workers in Taiwan has totaled around 590,000 people, an increase of 220,000 workers over the last decade. Most of the workers are from Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand. There are around 60,000 Thai workers in Taiwan and according to the head of the Labor Division of Taipei Office of the Thailand Trade and Economic Office, Mrs.Lupthawan Walsh, most of them are engaged in the manufacturing industry. Some do the construction work. 41,000 of whom are located in the northern and central parts of Taiwan and 19,000 in the south. Thai workers are known for their hard-working attitude and have become important in many labor markets around the world including in the Middle East, and Korea. Taiwan is the largest recipient of Thai workers so far.

 

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