Taiwan is one step closer to becoming the first Asian country to legalize same sex marriage. Two draft amendments to the Civil Code aimed at legalizing same sex marriage passed the first reading at the legislature in Taiwan on December 26, 2016. Article 972 of the Civil Code will add the paragraph recognizing “both parties of a same sex marriage. This is an addition to recognizing marriage made by the male and female parties. Another amendment includes the rights and duties of the same sex couples who marry. According to the procedure of the legislature, the bill will be reviewed after April before it is passed as a law after the second and third readings.
The Alliance of Religious Groups for the Love of Families Taiwan made up of multiple religious groups and parents oppose to the amendment and propose a “special law” to for LGBT marriage rights. Conservative religious groups, mostly the Christians, oppose to the amendment.
Victoria Hsu, the president of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) will share with us her views on same sex marriage. Victoria Hsu is a lawyer and a member of the Gender Equality Committee of the Executive Yuan (Taiwan’s Cabinet).
In late August, Taiwan’s International elite leadership seminar sponsored by Taiwan’s foreign ministry brought together 26 young elites from Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Mongolia. Some of them work for their governments and parliaments, while others are involved with the media, NGOs and academic institutions.
Our guests this week are Ms.Yulia Tolkishevskaya, Analyst of International Cooperation Department at Skolkovo Foundation in Russia, Ms.Ana Diakonidze, a lecturer at Tbilisi State University (TSU) in Georgia and Ms.Olga Rosca, media adviser at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development based in London. Olga Rosca is from Moldova.More
Professor Ido Bruno, a professor at Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design,recently visited Taiwan to showcase to the Taiwanese the earthquake-proof tables. The table, designed by Bezalel student Arthur Brutter and his instructor Ido Bruno, is engineered to shield two students from a ton of debris and falling objects when an earthquake strikes. The earthquake-proof desk can withstand a vertical impact tests of up to 1000 kg.
The idea, according to Professor Ido Bruno came from his student, Arthur Brutter’s soldier friend who witnessed children killed in the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Professor Ido Bruno said the cost of the earthquake-proof table should not be more than twice as much as a standard table. He understands that many schools in developing countries cannot afford these tables but his is aim is to provide affordable protection to people in earthquake-prone areas of the world and not to make money. So for each country, he has a tailor-made strategy, for example in Bhutan, the patent owner, A.D. Meraz company gives the sole copyright for free to produce the tables in that south Asian country.
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Mr.Achilles Yeh, the representative of Mozambique Investment Promotion Centre said his office was founded in Taiwan three years ago to promote investment opportunities and provide assistance to FDI (Foreign Direct Investment). His main job is also to target certain Taiwanese industries to invest in Mozambique, for example, manufacturing and value added chains.
Products in Mozambique need to be re-packaged to add value to be exported to other countries and in 2015, two Taiwanese companies in Taiwan invested in packaging industries in Mozambique.
The Mozambique representative added that Mozambique has a population of between 23-25 million but the market around the region is around 100-150 million. Most importantly, Mozambique has a rise in consumerism. In the last five years, he has seen an increase of investment from Southeast Asian countries as well.
Recently he invited three famous Mozambique musicians: Walter Mabas, Orlando Venhereque,and Dua Maciel, not only to showcase Mozambique music but to let more Taiwanese get to know more about this exotic destination.
Preview of the interview on You Tube