Ex-Argentina envoy given honorary medal by ROC
Taiwan bestowed a medal upon Argentina’s former top representative in Taiwan on Wednesday in recognition of his efforts to advance relations between the two countries during his tenure here, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Foreign Minister David Lin conferred the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy on Juan Pena during the ceremony held at the Foreign Ministry’s offices in Taipei, according to a statement issued by the ministry.
In his address, Lin lauded Pena’s efforts to strengthen bilateral exchanges in the areas of trade, culture, environmental protection and small- and medium-sized enterprises, the statement said.
Pena also made efforts to streamline the procedure for Taiwanese nationals to apply for tourism visas to Argentina, Lin said.
His office was chosen as an outstanding foreign trade office in Taiwan by the General Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of China in 2010.
Pena took up the post as head of the Argentina Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei in July 2009, and he completed his tenure as Argentina’s representative to Taiwan on July 23 and was succeeded by Carlos Alberto Arganaraz, the ministry said.
In his diplomatic career of more than 40 years, Pena has been posted in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Hong Kong, Honduras, Uruguay and the United Kingdom, the ministry said.