ROC, US sign MOU to ex­tend part­ner­ship in global health, aid

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Of­fi­cials from Tai­wan and the United States signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) on Mon­day to ex­tend the two coun­tries’ co­op­er­a­tion in the ar­eas of in­ter­na­tional public health, hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and other global is­sues.

The Global Co­op­er­a­tion and Train­ing Frame­work ( GCTF) MOU was signed in Taipei by Chang Hsiao-yueh, chair­per­son of the Co­or­di­na­tion Coun­cil for North Amer­i­can Af­fairs un­der Tai­wan’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, and Christo­pher Marut, direc­tor of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in Tai­wan, which rep­re­sents U.S. in­ter­ests in Tai­wan in the ab­sence of bi­lat­eral diplo­matic ties.

The MOU

of­fers a good

plat- form for Tai­wan and the United States to work closely in the ar­eas of global health, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, science and tech­nol­ogy, hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­lief, Chang said at the sign­ing cer­e­mony.

The U. S. and Tai­wan have co­op­er­ated on a range of crit­i­cal global chal­lenges in the past year alone, in­clud­ing ad­dress­ing global cli­mate change through the In­ter­na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Part­ner­ship, Marut said.

The two sides have also de­liv­ered hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to those af­fected by con­flict in the Mid­dle East, de­liv­ered protective equip­ment, fi­nan­cial sup­port, and med­i­cal train­ing to those com­bat­ting the Ebola out­break in West Africa, and pro­moted the ex­pan­sion of re­new­able en­ergy in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, he said.

“The GCTF will build upon th­ese suc­cesses and ex­plore new ways to har­ness U.S. and Tai­wan ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ex­per­tise for the ben­e­fit of re­gional and global com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

Charles Rivkin, U.S. as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state for eco­nomic and busi­ness af­fairs, who also at­tended the sign­ing cer­e­mony, said the MOU is about “two like­minded part­ners work­ing to cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties to demon­strate the mean­ing of global cit­i­zen­ship.”

“The Frame­work is a mile­stone that will bring into full fo­cus Tai­wan’s dra­matic trans­for­ma­tion from an in­ter­na­tional aid re­cip­i­ent to an aid provider,” said Rivkin, who is vis­it­ing Tai­wan to dis­cuss trade and eco­nomic is­sues.

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