The ambassador of Solomon Islands, Amb.Joseph Pius Waleanisia said Taiwan Technical Mission has helped with the agricultural development in the south Pacific country. The ambassador said that he should correct the statement reported in some media that the Solomon Islands imports 90% of its food adding that his country only imports a fair amount of considerable for consumption. Apart from agriculture, Taiwan Technical Mission has helped with pig farming and provided training to help pig farmers.
The UK is the world leader in offshore wind, with 5 GW operating today and with more than one million jobs created in this sector. Taiwan and the UK signed an MOU on renewable energy in 2016 with the hope to work together on the development of offshore wind energy in Taiwan. Taiwan’s government plans to phase out nuclear power plants and have an energy mix of containing 50% natural gas, 30% coal and 20% renewable energy by 2025. The development of offshore wind energy has been the focus and the government’s long-term goal is to raise Taiwan’s offshore-wind power capacity to 3GW by 2025.
Apart from science and technology, Taiwan and the UK have forged cooperation in many other areas. Ms.Catherine Nettleton, the representative of the British Office in Taipei said this year, the UK is going to send a team of around 200 athletes to Taiwan to take part in the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade or World University Games adding that It is an opportunity to build sporting links with Taiwan through “SPORT is GREAT” campaign.
Video of pre-interview with Ms.Catherine Nettleton
The representative of the British Office in Taipei, Ms.Catherine Nettleton, said the UK will remain an open economy that attracts a lot of investment and will aim for the freest possible relationship with former EU partners once the UK leaves the EU. The UK will continue to have strong economic social ties with the rest of Europe and will address the challenge of leaving the EU so that disruption could be minimized.
Ms.Catherine Nettleton said Brexit will not have any impact on Taiwan-UK existing relations, but instead Taiwan and the UK will continue to enjoy vibrant exchanges including cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, science, education and renewable energy.
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Recently there have been rumors that Saint Lucia, an eastern Caribbean nation, might sever ties with Taiwan. Reports that Saint Lucia might switch diplomatic recognition to China have circulated over the last few years, but the relations between Taiwan and Saint Lucia have remained stable. Last year, Saint Lucia signed an agreement with Desert Star Holdings, a Hong Kong-based company, for the development of the Pearl of the Caribbean, a US$2.6 billion project that will include a marina, horse track, casino, free trade zone, shopping complex and housing complex. The plan is to attract mainland Chinese tourists and investors to Saint Lucia.
In an interview with Prof.Denys Springer, former director of the Government Information Service of Saint Lucia and former research fellow of Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, he said that he and many other people from different political parties have put pressure on the current government not to establish diplomatic ties with China.
Saint Lucia first established diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1984, but in 1997, switched recognition to China. In 2007, Taiwan and Saint Lucia resumed diplomatic ties and the relationship was further strengthened with the opening of the embassy of Saint Lucia in Taipei in June 2015, making it the first embassy in Asia.More
Taiwan and Russia have enjoyed close economic and trade cooperation as well as cultural and educational exchanges. Taiwan-Russia bilateral trade amounts to around US$3.5 billion. Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii, the Russian representative, encourages businesspeople around the world to invest in Russia and to attend the Eastern Economic Forum scheduled for September this year in Vladivostok, the biggest port in far eastern Russia.
According to Mr.Dmitrii Polianskii, the number of Taiwanese visitors to Russia increased by 34% from around 15,000 in 2015 to 20,000 in 2016 and he believes the number will increase in 2017.
Tune into this week’s On the Line as the Representative of the Representative Office in Taipei for the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission on Economic and Cultural Cooperation, Mr.Dmitri Polianskii shares with us his views on Taiwan-Russia bilateral exchanges.
Amir Peleg recently visited Taiwan and exchanged views with Taiwan Water Corporation (TWC) on water solution problem. Amir Peleg is the founder and CEO of TaKaDu, a global leader in Integrated Event Management solutions for the water industry. Amir Peleg said his company launched a pilot project with Taiwan Water Corporation (TWC) last year to improve the water network management and help save water resources.
Taiwan, with high precipitation, yet it ranks 18th in terms of water shortage among countries in the world, water delivery pipes leak 600 tons of water every year.
Wow Africa is an NGO in Taiwan with the goal to promote the understanding of Africa through economic and cultural exchanges. It is also a platform to provide information about Africa to the general public in Taiwan. It bridges the gap between Taiwan and Africa and according to Pepe He Pei-Jia, co-founder and Editor-in-chief of Wow Africa, the media in Taiwan focuses on negative coverage of Africa and her NGO is to break the stereotype of negative perceptions about Africa. She said, for example, Rwanda, which has been perceived as underdeveloped, has been plastic free since 2008. The African country completely banned the use of plastic bags while other countries started imposing taxes on plastic bags.
Wow Africa has a Chinese website in Taiwan, and you can visit their website,