Mr. Sridaharan Madhusudhanan, the Director General of India-Taipei Association (the Indian representative office in Taiwan) said the relations between Taiwan and India have been growing. Currently there are around 3,000 Indian nationals living in Taiwan and among them, 1,000 are students pursuing higher education. The number of students can be increased as compared to more than 160 thousand Indian students in the US, but Indian students are concerned about the instability of scholarships provided to them. Another factor is that it is hard for them to find employment after graduation.But some universities provide them with jobs in Taiwanese companies in India. Around 90 Taiwanese companies have invested in Taiwan and these students can serve as a connecting link between Taiwan and India.
The Indian representative said the bilateral cooperation is not confined to education and trade, but has extended to railway heritage and both sides signed a letter of intent in late December 2016. This will pave way for both sides to protect and manage the mountain railway heritage. Taiwan and India each constructed mountain railways including the Alishan Forest Railway in Taiwan and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Kalka Shimla Railway and the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in India between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 2005,UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and in 2008 The Kalka Shimla Railway became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Malaysia’s Head of Mission in Taiwan, Datuk Adeline Leong said more than 1700 Taiwanese entrepreneurs invest in Malaysia and Malaysia also has investment in Taiwan, for example Phison Electronics Corp., a multi-million dollar company in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan that employs 700 engineers with master’s degrees and 70 of them are Malaysian. All Cosmos Biotech is a Malaysian company manufacturing bio-organic and bio-chemical fertilizers in Malaysia was officially listed on the stock exchange in Taiwan in June of 2017.
In the area of education, in the last decade, the number of Malaysian students studying in Taiwan has grown four times from around 4,000 students 10 years ago to 16,000 today. Datuk Adeline Leong said it dates back to the 70s when Chinese Malaysian students started to study in Taiwan and now the Federation of Alumni Association of Taiwan Universities in Malaysia has 60 thousand members and every year professors from Taiwan visit Malaysia to see their students.
The Malaysian representative in Taiwan (Head of Mission in Taiwan), Datuk Adeline Leong said that 2017 was a good year and her office had achieved many goals because of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy. She said the Policy has helped improve the relationship between countries in the south of Taiwan and Taiwan itself. Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy has not only helped achieve targets in trade, investment and education but the scope has expanded to the fields of agriculture, biotechnology, medicine, ICT and smart city.
Datuk Adeline Leong said Taiwan is Malaysia’s sixth largest trading partner and the total trade amounted to USD$15 billion. Taiwanese tourist arrivals to Malaysia have increased by 21.6% with around 300 thousand Taiwanese visitors and the number of Malaysia’s tourists to Taiwan has increased by 9.9% with around 450,000 Malaysians visiting Taiwan.
On today’s show, I will revisit some of my favorite interviews from the past 12 months in 2017. We first start with an interview with Victoria Hsu, the president of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) who shares with us her views on same sex marriage in Taiwan.
Other interviews include:
1. Russia representative
2. UK representative
3. India representative
4. South Africa representative
5. Brazilian representative
6. Cedric Alviani, Taipei Bureau Director of Reporters Without Borders
7. Germany representativeMore
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.