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Digital minister highlights Taiwan's democracy, open governance

2018/06/18 21:37:23

New York City, June 18 (CNA) Audrey Tang (唐鳳), Taiwan's minister without portfolio responsible for digital technology, said in New York over the weekend that the pace of Taiwan's democratic development has been boosted tremendously by open governance.

Despite Taiwan's isolation on the international stage, "we have found ways to break boundaries, and the country has a lot to share with nations who also share the common values of democracy and freedom," Tang said.

Tang, in New York from June 11 to 17 for the Personal Democracy Forum (PDF), made the comment at a workshop titled "vTaiwan Open Consultation and Participation Officers Training" with some 30 participants.

She was taking part in the PDF for the second time this year after organizers asked her to return because Taiwan's experience was worth learning from.

vTaiwan is an online-offline platform that brings together government ministers, elected representatives, scholars, experts, business leaders, civil groups and citizens to share and discuss various issues in Taiwan.

Tang said the purpose of taking part in the forum in New York was not to just travel to a different place but to engage listeners in a way that after the lecture they become the teachers and can pass on the format of the discussions and knowledge gained in practice.

According to Tang, she will travel to Canada in November to continue sharing the experiences of Taiwan's open governance and participatory democracy.

(By Ozzy Yin and Ko Lin)