Netherlands rep in Taiwan awarded honorary citizenship of Taipei

07/14/2020 05:33 PM
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Photo courtesy of Taipei City government
Photo courtesy of Taipei City government

Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on Tuesday awarded honorary citizenship to Guy Wittich, the outgoing head of the Netherlands' de facto embassy in Taiwan, for promoting exchanges between Taipei and the Netherlands during his tenure.

Ko said at the certificate presentation ceremony at Taipei City Hall that Wittich has made great efforts to facilitate ties between Taipei and cities in the Netherlands while heading the Netherlands Office Taipei since August 2015.

When Ko led a delegation to the Netherlands in January 2018, Wittich helped arrange official visits and kept him company, the mayor said.

Wittich also enthusiastically participated in various events hosted by the city government and helped draw visitors to the Taipei Film Festival, the Taipei Lantern Festival and the Tulip Festival at Taipei's Shilin Official Residence in recent years, Ko said.

In addition, Wittich's office gave tulips to health care workers at Taipei hospitals in April to thank them for their work in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, said Ko, who hoped Wittich will continue to promote similar exchanges after he returns home.

Wittich said he was pleased to see cooperation in various areas between Taiwan and the Netherlands during his tenure, including the Taiwan-Netherlands City Innovation Roadshow, the 2017 Summer Universiade and Tulip Festival.

As a foreign spouse of a Taiwanese woman, Wittich said his children were born in Taiwan and "Taipei is also my home, and I will surely come back to visit Taiwan."

Wittich's term as head of the office, which was called the Netherlands Trade & Investment Office (NTIO) until April 2020, ends in August.

(By Lee Wan-yu and Evelyn Kao)

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