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