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Taiwan to launch digital training center in Tuvalu: Tsai

2019/05/03 19:08:29

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, center) welcomes visiting Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga (right) at the Presidential Office on Friday.

Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Taiwan plans to launch a digital training center in Tuvalu this year to help train and cultivate the next generation of young digital talent in the country, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Friday.

Speaking to visiting Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga at the Presidential Office, Tsai said the two countries have laid a solid foundation for friendship through wide-ranging cooperation in such fields as agriculture and human resources development.

Taiwan's agricultural assistance to the South Pacific island nation has been widely applauded by the people of Tuvalu, and those missions have also involved sending Tuvaluans to Taiwan to take part in various training programs, she said.

To further expand the cooperation between the two countries, the government plans to launch a Taiwan Digital Opportunity Center (TDOC) in Tuvalu this year to help cultivate and train young technology talent there, Tsai said.

According to the TDOC's website, such centers aim to train workers, youths and small and medium-sized enterprises in information and communication technology (ICT) so they can take full advantage of the digital opportunities afforded by ICT and the Internet.

The TDOC concept has so far been put in place in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, with training programs covering the internet and e-commerce, personal computer repair, website management for small businesses, and social media marketing.

Sopoaga, meanwhile, thanked the government for the assistance it has extended to his country over the years, noting that Taiwan is an important friend and that he looked forward to seeing bilateral relations strengthened.

Responding to Tsai's remarks about the training center, Sopoaga said Tuvalu wishes to learn from Taiwan's experience in the field of digitization.

According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) release, the prime minister of Tuvalu, which has a population of just over 11,000 people, is visiting Taiwan from April 30 to May 5.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Ko Lin)