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.
Mrs.Tamar Yarden, head of public affairs of Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei said she has been stationed in Taiwan for 2 years now and her main work is to promote Israel to the people of Taiwan. During the last two years, she and her team have worked hard to increase the publicity so that Taiwanese people will get to know Israel more.
Her husband is the representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office and they have worked together to promote Israel. Asked how she balances work and family, she said it is probably the most challenging work being a diplomat and she believes other diplomats have to go through similar experience, if not the same.
Mrs.Tamar Yarden joined the Israeli foreign ministry in 1999. Prior to that, she worked as an attorney at a civil law firm in Israel. She was posted in India between 2000 and 2001 and served as Vice Consul for Consular Affairs and joined her husband who served as the Consul General of Israel to the Southwest of the US between 2006 and 2010.
Tamar Yarden, Head of Public Affairs of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei said her office in has done a lot to promote Israel in Taiwan, it is a long list and to name a few, taking part in the Taipei International Travel Fair and the international book exhibition in Taipei, Israeli movie screening, cooking demonstration, inviting Israeli artists to promote Israel and the list can go on and on.More
Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office said the role of the British Office is to promote links between Taiwan and the UK especially in the areas trade, culture, education as well as science and technology. Andrew Pittam has been in Taiwan for more than a year now and he has enjoyed his time in Taiwan. The British Office in Taipei has worked to promote the UK on the Facebook and Twitter as well.
Andrew Pittam has worked for the British diplomatic service for almost 15 years. Before Taiwan, he was Deputy Head of the Foreign Office’s Media Office and Deputy Press Secretary to the Foreign Secretary. He had four years’ media and social media experience at the Foreign Office’s Media Office.
This week, Andrew Pittam shares with us how he likes living in Taiwan, his language learning experience, his leisure time and so on.
The UK got into the World Cup semi-finals at World Cup 2018 and the last time was in 1990 and Mr.Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office, Taipei shared the joy of the British people on the Twitter and at the same time thanked Taiwan for providing the environmentally-friendly textile techniques with the innovative fabric for the Team England jerseys. Taiwan did not compete in the World Cup but had a unique presence because of the football jerseys worn by most of the national players. The jerseys are made from yarn using recycled PET bottles.
Taiwan and the UK have had cooperation in various areas including culture, renewable energy, education, technology, etc. Mr.Andrew Pittam said he hopes that Taiwan can import more food and drinks, high-end cars, and pharmaceutical products from the UK. In early August, Taiwan allowed pork from the UK to be sold to the Taiwanese market. Taiwan has the largest consumption meat consumption per capita in Asia.
Mr.Seraki Matsebe, the Representative of the Liaison Office of South Africa in Taipei said SMEs (Small and Medium-sized enterprises) are the backbone of Taiwan’s economy and South Africa is moving on the same track adding that SME’s in South Africa, in order to survive, need to engage in partnership with other countries including those from Taiwan. Taiwan’s minister of economic affairs led a delegation to South Africa recently to foster such connections.
Taiwan and South Africa have had cooperation in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and every year joint working committee between the two sides is held alternately in Taiwan and South Africa.
July 18th is Nelson Mandela International Day, an annual international day in honor of Nelson Mandela. This year marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela and the centenary is an occasion to honor his devotion to fighting poverty and social justice for all.
The Liaison Office of South Africa hosted its centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela at the Tzu Chi Foundation in Taipei. The Mission marked this event in conjunction with the Women’s Day celebration on August 9th. August 9th marks the day of the great women’s march of 1956 in South Africa and Nelson Mandela was a tireless advocate for the empowerment of women and girls.
A group of media executives from different news organizations visited Taiwan in July and one of them is The Jakarta Post, a leading English newspaper in Indonesia. Mr.Nezar Patria, the Editor in Chief of The Jakarta Post said they provide online content apart from the newspaper version of the English newspaper in Indonesia adding that they also produce video contents in order to attract more young readers. Mr.Nezar Patria said the media in Indonesia should work more closely with those in Taiwan as there are around 300 thousand Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan and the government of Taiwan is pushing for the New Southbound Policy.More
Mr.Martin Eberts, the German representative in Taiwan said the investment Germany hopes to attract from Taiwan includes high tech sector, automotive industry, e-mobility and machinery.
Looking back on the last three to four years in Taiwan, Mr.Martin Eberts said he has started new fields of cooperation namely in the areas of energy, transport technology and demographic change in the aging society. He said he has also invited some ministers from Germany to visit Taiwan. Now that he is leaving Taiwan, Mr.Martin Eberts said he is going to miss the friendliness of the people of Taiwan adding that working in Taiwan was fun because of the openness of the people.
In April, Taiwan and Germany signed an agreement on Taiwan-Germany cooperation in the area of emissions trading. The agreement was signed by representatives from both countries. The agreement includes monitoring, reporting and verifying emissions.
Martin Eberts, the German representative in Taiwan humbly said both Taiwan and Germany can learn from each other in the area of renewable energy adding that Taiwan and Germany should have closer energy cooperation.
Taiwan hopes to increase the share of green energy to 20% by 2025 and to phase out the use of nuclear energy by then. Germany took the same path a few years ago. Taiwan adopted its Climate Change Act in 2015 with the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of 50% by 2050 and German companies can support Taiwanese firms.
Dr.Nina Kao Hsiao-Ling, CEO of Overseas Medical Mission Center of Changhua Christian Hospital said before sending a team overseas, they have to work with various government departments and NGOs adding that overseas medical assistance has to do with the local environmental protection and nutrition improvement as it involves not only medical service but also nutrition, food security, safe water and education.
On today’s show, Dr.Nina Kao Hsiao-Ling, CEO of Overseas Medical Mission Center of Changhua Christian Hospital will share with us her experience working in various countries providing medical assistance.More
Taiwan has provided medical aid to many countries in the world. A number of NGOs and hospitals in Taiwan have done so and one example is Changhua Christian Hospital in central Taiwan that launched its overseas medical missions in 2008. Dr.Nina Kao Hsiao-Ling, CEO of Overseas Medical Mission Center of Changhua Christian Hospital, said Changhua Christian Hospital has provided medical assistance to Africa, South Pacific, the Caribbean countries and some Asian countries.
French President Emmanuel Macron said France is back and Bruno Duparc, the director of Alliance Française of Taiwan said French is back and the number of students learning French has been increasing. There are around 2,000 Taiwanese students at Alliance Française of Taiwan, not to mention those who major in French at universities in Taiwan. Alliance Française 850 centers in around 130 countries in the world and there are two centers in Taiwan, Taipei and Kaohsiung. Bruno Duparc hopes to establish another center in the central Taiwan city of Taichung in the future.
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