President Tsai appoints seven ambassadors-at-large

07/04/2017 10:00 PM
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Chi Cheng (紀政, left), national policy advisor to the president, and Jan Hung-tze (詹宏志), chairman of PChome Online Inc.
Chi Cheng (紀政, left), national policy advisor to the president, and Jan Hung-tze (詹宏志), chairman of PChome Online Inc.

Taipei, July 4 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has recently appointed seven ambassadors-at-large from a variety of backgrounds to help promote Taiwan's diplomacy, the Presidential Office said Tuesday.

They are all outstanding figures in areas such as environmental sustainability, public health, digital opportunities, the empowerment of women, sports and culture, said Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明).

It is hoped that the ambassadors-at-large will contribute their expertise in these different fields to help promote the country's diplomacy, Lin said.

The ambassadors-at-large include Kuo Hsu-sung (郭旭崧), former director-general of the Ministry of Health and Welfare's Centers for Disease Control; Former Foreign Minister Eugene Chien (簡又新), who is currently chairman of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy; Chen Chung-shin (陳重信), former head of the Environmental Protection Administration; and Chen Jen-ran (陳正然), an independent director on Chunghwa Telecom's board of directors.

The others are Jan Hung-tze (詹宏志), chairman of PChome Online Inc.; Fan Yun (范雲), an associate professor at National Taiwan University's Department of Sociology; and Chi Cheng (紀政), an Olympic medalist and one of Taiwan's greatest athletes, who also serves as a national policy advisor to the president, according to a notice on the website of the Presidential Office.

The two-year term for the new ambassadors-at-large will last until June 14, 2019, the notice said.

The Organization Act of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stipulates that ambassadors-at-large without remuneration can be appointed if necessary. They are tasked with helping the government promote relations with other countries.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Elaine Hou)ENDITEM/J

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