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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The Ambassador of Kiribati, Amb.Teekoa Iuta said the relations between Taiwan and Kiribati have been stable and firm adding that the presence of the embassy in Taiwan is a testament to the strength of the existing relations between the two countries.
Kiribati is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Taiwan has helped with the disaster fund when the country is hit by cyclones and supports international forum on climate change held by Kiribati. Paris Agreement was reiterated at the COP 22 that coping with climate change has become a priority for all governments.
To protect the environment food security, the 150,000-square-mile Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati was designated as a UNESCO heritage site and is a fully protected park, making it off limits to fishing.More
Welcome to the first edition of On the Line in the year 2017. On today’s show, I will revisit some of the favorite interviews from the past 12 months in 2016. We first start off with an interview with the former ambassador of Sao Tome and Prince, Ambassador António Quintas that I did in early 2016. Taiwan severed diplomatic ties on Dec.21, 2016 with Sao Tome and Principe, a West African country that established ties with Taiwan in 1997.
Some of the interviews include:
1. Former UK representative in Taiwan, Mr.Chris Wood. Mr.Wood left Taiwan in late August for a new
appointment in Beijing.
2. The Ambassador of St.Lucia, Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel .Saint Lucia is an island country
located in the eastern Caribbean Sea and opened an embassy in Taiwan in June, 2015.
3. Datuk Adeline Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC)
4. Former Ambassador of Nauru , Ambassador Ludwig Dowong Keke. Ambassador Keke assumed his
post in 2007 and left in August 2016.
5. DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang
6. Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Berry
7. Ambassador Ismet Erikan, Representative, Turkish Trade Office in Taipei
8. Mr.Achilles Yeh, the representative of the Mozambique Investment Promotion Centre
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.
The bilateral trade between Taiwan and Israel reached US $1.5 billion dollars in 2015. Asher Yarden, the representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei said economic cooperation is important to Israel and in 2016, his office has invited both Taiwanese and Israeli business delegations to visit each other adding that he has also invited Israeli buyers to Taiwan.
Asher Yarden said the signing of the R&D agreement between Taiwan and Israel in 2015 provides a great opportunity for business companies of both sides to work on R&D and develop new products thereby creating new value through integration.More
The Executive Director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, Mr.Mario Ste-Marie said the signing of the avoidance of double taxation in January 2016 will create a friendlier environment for bilateral investment for further cooperation in technology, health care and clean energy
He added that he hopes to boost cooperation in the area of clean energy as Canada hopes to expand its energy export market to Taiwan. Taiwan depends on energy exports particularly LNG (liquefied natural gas) as gas accounts for around 30% of the total energy consumption. Current supply sources come from Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Taiwan’s demand for LNG will continues to rise as the government promotes the use of natural gas for a low-carbon environment.
Another cooperation is in the area of the indigenous people. In Canada, Mr.Mario Ste-Marie said they are known as the First Nations. The cooperation focuses on education and work of the aboriginal peoples of the two sides.
Taiwan and Canada have enjoyed close bilateral exchanges over the last few decades, this can be seen from the growing number of staff at the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei. According to the executive director, Mr.Mario Ste-Marie, the office was founded in 1986 with only three staff members, but today, there’s around 40 staff handling the increasing exchanges.
As a matter of fact, people to people exchanges between Taiwan and Canada started as early as 1871 when a missionary, Dr.George Leslie Mackay arrived in Taiwan and the establishment of Mackay Memorial Hospital in 1912. Canada granted Taiwanese visa-free privileges in November 2010 and Mr.Mario Ste-Marie said as of August this year, the number of Taiwanese has increased by 26% as compared to the previous year. The Canadian has introduced a new entry requirement and starting November this year, all visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to Canada are required to have an eTA (electronic travel authorization).
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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.
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.More
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.More
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.
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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.
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.More