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AMONG MANY GOOD STORIES, TAIWAN PRESIDENT CALLS FOR CLOSER COOPERATION

FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2017

Her Excellency was sitted with the Speaker, Hon. Nasiu to make her address to the House.Her Excellency was sitted with the Speaker, Hon. Nasiu to make her address to the House.

Over the 34 years of friendship, Taiwan and Solomon Islands have shared cooperation in many issues such as sustainable development, agriculture technology, the medical environment as well as the shared Austronesian culture and the good will visits by the Taiwan’s Navy squadron to Solomon Islands, Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen said in her address to Solomon Islands Parliament on Thursday 2nd November 2017.

Among the many good stories she shared in her remarks to members of the House was her call for a closer cooperation to combat climate change.
“We are now faced with the challenge of Global climate change and both Taiwan and SI will be affected considerably. This calls for closer cooperation if we are to turn this challenge into an opportunity. We must do our utmost to raise equality of life for people in the region and work jointly to achieve the UN sustainable goals,” Her Excellency said.

A gift from SI to Her Excellency Dr. Tsai Ing-wen.A gift from SI to Her Excellency Dr. Tsai Ing-wen.

She said an example is the MOU on Meteorological Cooperation that our nations have just signed. It will boost our technical cooperation in this domain and help us monitor the trends of climate change.
Furthermore, it will perhaps enable us to identify the correlation between climates in dengue fever which will in turn advance our efforts in the prevention of this disease in SI.

She added that among many other things and for many years, Taiwan continue to offer Taiwan scholarship program to promote Tertiary education to Solomon Islanders.
Her Excellency announced that this scholarship support will continue and as of next year, the Taiwan government will increase 18 vacancies for their six pacific allies in this program.

All young people from Solomon Islands, whether they wish to study medicine or in other profession are all welcome to apply.

Apart from these scholarship, Taiwan also included the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) into their list of partners for another scholarship program they co- sponsor with the Pacific Islands Forum.

“This shows that Taiwan is extending its continued support for the young people of your nation and other pacific Island states and realizing their potential through higher education.

Her Excellency met members of Parliament on the floor of Parliament after her address.Her Excellency met members of Parliament on the floor of Parliament after her address.

“We look forward to the day when these aspirational young people contribute professional expertise to the region’s sustainable development,” Her Excellency said.
With this scholarship program for SINU, the Taiwanese government will install solar lighting facilities on the SINU campus which will serve as an example for Taiwan’s joint endeavors in the fight against climate change.

In addition to all these developments between Taiwan and Solomon Islands is the solidarity association of the Taiwan and Solomon Law makers. A latest development among these two countries to strengthen the friendship further.

In closing, Her Excellency expressed her people’s appreciation to Solomon Islands for its long term policy of speaking up for Taiwan in the international arena.
“The Taiwanese people are deeply grateful for the strong support you’ve all shown us.”
She extended her best wishes of good health and happiness to the Speaker, Hon. Nasiu and Prime Minister, Hon. Sogavare as well as the members of the Solomon Islands cabinet and parliament.

Speaker of Solomon Islands Parliament, Hon. Ajilon Jasper Nasiu when welcoming her Excellency said since the inception of bilateral relations three decades ago, the people of Solomon islands have enjoyed this mutual relation through the areas of education, health, rural development, law and order, agriculture, fisheries and renewable energy.

He said the people of Solomon Islands have maintained their commitment to induce the international community for ROC (Taiwan’s) participation in key international settings such as the United Nations, World Health Organization and other key international institutions.

He concluded that although history and origins of democracy of these two nations may not be similar, one thing is for sure; the people of Solomon Islands and the people of ROC (Taiwan) embrace shared values in protecting and promoting human rights and democracy.

“Being the institution that represents the will of our people, it is incumbent on our legislatures to continue to promote and protect human rights and democracy.”
So as the head of Parliament, Hon. Nasiu said he would like to also see cooperative spirit between the two countries more on the lawmaking and scrutiny functions of the legislatures.

“Such exchange of shared learning experiences between our MPs and fundamental support role from our staff and officials would certainly take this vibrant relationship to another level in endeavor to realize the will and aspirations of our people.”
Hon. Nasiu conveyed best wishes, sincere gratitude and prosperous future from the people of Solomon Islands to the government of Taiwan and the people of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Meanwhile, before her address in Parliament, Her Excellency made a courtesy call on the Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands where they expressed thoughts on the many good experiences both countries have experienced and exchange gifts as a token of appreciation for the good relations both countries have, so far.
Solomon Islands and Taiwan established ties since 1983.

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