Datuk Yong Soo Heong was invited by Taiwan’s foreign ministry in late 2016 to witness what the government has been doing to promote the New Southbound Policy. In January this year, he submitted articles to his former company, Bernama, Malaysian national agency and the Edge Financial Daily, the most prestigious business and investment weekly in Malaysia. In his article, he talked about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy in the areas of education and investment.
In the area of education, Datuk Yong Soo Heong said apart from Taiwanese government’s decision to increase the quota of scholarships from 20 to 30 Malaysian students, he said the educational institutions and the Taiwanese government should also hold education fairs in ASEAN countries and provide workshops as well as training to local institution to attract more non-ethnic Chinese to pursue higher education in Taiwan. Currently, around 15,000 Malaysian students, mostly Malaysian Chinese, are studying in Taiwan.
In last week’s edition, the ambassador of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel said agriculture is an important industry for Saint Lucia as tourism sector in Saint Lucia has been growing. Saint Lucia is self-sufficient in the production of many fruits and vegetables.
Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel said Taiwan Technical Mission has been working with the government of Saint Lucia to revolutionize ICT sector in Saint Lucia. ICT center was established and e-government system has been implemented including the police force and the health system. The project that will be completed by the end of 2018 is a GINet (Government Island-wide Network) which is another cooperative project between Taiwan and Saint Lucia allowing Wi-Fi connectivity across the island.
The economy of Saint Lucia depends on tourism and attracts around 350 thousand tourists every year. Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel said he hopes more Taiwanese will visit his beautiful country in the future and his government hopes to promote a package of tourism which includes some other famous resorts in the Bahamas and Barbados.More