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Taiwan's humanitarian efforts help put its name on world stage

2018/06/09 22:22:40

Peter Hwang (黃再求, third right); Photo courtesy of Peter Hwang

Taipei, June 9 (CNA) Despite Taiwan's isolation on the international stage, the country must go on with its humanitarian efforts overseas so that its name will stand out on the world stage, according to former ambassadors to Haiti and eSwatini in recent interviews with CNA.

Peter Hwang (黃再求), a former Republic of China (Taiwan) ambassador to Haiti, said he believes that the wide variety of aid offered by Taiwan is a reflection of its experience in setting up successful aid programs.

Hwang said that although the country's post-quake relief fund to Haiti in the wake of the 2010 devastating earthquake was far behind that of many other donor nations, projects carried out by Taiwan's mission to the Caribbean nation, including the reconstruction of a high court building, were completed on schedule.

(Photo courtesy of Peter Hwang)

Many of the large-scale projects initiated by other countries, including the United States, have failed to reach completion, even to this day, he explained.

Taiwan's agricultural programs in Haiti have helped to establish a burgeoning rice industry there while also providing technical assistance to help farmers counter the impact of potential food shortages, the former ambassador said, recalling that farmers and the media have praised Taiwan's assistance on numerous occasions.

The agricultural mission is currently being carried out by Taiwan's International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), whose technicians also offer assistance and expertise to help farmers raise chickens and fish.

After the devastating earthquake of 2010, Taiwan's assistance also encompassed "The Village of Hope," which includes housing for 130 families as well as an elementary school, he added.

(Village of Hope/CNA file photo)

Former ROC Ambassador to eSwatini Leonard Chao (趙麟) remarked that through humanitarian aid, Taiwan can also gain experience from its missions overseas.

Besides helping an ally, promoting foreign aid can be a positive learning process for many of Taiwan's agricultural and medical experts, he noted.

Taiwan needs to continue with its international aid and come up with projects that can bring about mutual benefit between Taiwan and its diplomatic allies, Chao said.

(By Ku Chuan, Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)