The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) was founded in 2009 to promote the expansion of civil rights for same sex couples including the rights to inherit and to adopt a child. The president of TAPCR, Victoria Hsu said they sent to the legislature the draft amendment to the Civil Code which incorporated the issue of same sex marriage in 2013 and passed its first reading. The bill failed to pass the second and third readings by late 2015 and it was automatically invalidated.
In 2016, DPP legislator proposed amendments to the Civil Code by adding the paragraph recognizing “both parties of a same sex marriage. But according to Victoria Hsu, Article 971-1 or known as 971-bis is the most controversial as it applies to gay and heterosexual couples, but not to the intersex, transgender people and the third gender.
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).
Datuk Adeline Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC) said MFTC functions as the Malaysian representative office in Taiwan with offices including the visa and consular office, the trade division, the investment division, the tourism office and the general affairs office. MFTC promotes bilateral exchanges between Taiwan and Malaysia and looks after the interests of some 5,000 Malaysian citizens living and working in Taiwan and 16,000 Malaysian students studying here.
In 2015, the bilateral trade was US$ 15.44 billion, a slight decrease over 2014 with the total amount of US$18 billion. Jamaliah Jamaludin (JJ), the director of MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation) said the bilateral trade in the first four months of this year increased by 1.6%.
Our guests today are Datuk Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC), Ms.Jamaliah Jamaludin (JJ), director of MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation), Ms.Nurullydia Ahmad, director of Malaysian Investment Development Authority, Mr.Ahmad Faisal Mohamed, director of Malaysia Tourism Board and Ms.Daphne Chou, project manager of MATRADE.
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