Slovakia joins Taiwan, U.S. and Japan to host international workshop

09/09/2021 06:47 PM
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The MOFA building in Taipei. CNA file photo
The MOFA building in Taipei. CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) Slovakia on Thursday joined Taiwan, the United States and Japan to co-host an international workshop under the Global Cooperation Training Framework (GCTF) initiative for the first time, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

The workshop, which focuses on labor issues and post-pandemic economic recovery, opened in Taipei Thursday with the option of virtual participation and will last through Friday, Chen Hui-chen (陳慧蓁), deputy director-general of the ministry's Department of North American Affairs, said at a regular MOFA press briefing.

COVID-19 has greatly impacted the global labor market, and the workshop enables participating officials and scholars from around the world to exchanges ideas about how to address the challenge, Chen said, without detailing how many people from which countries took part in the event.

This is the first time Slovakia has co-hosted an event under the GCTF, which was launched in 2015 by Taiwan and the U.S. to encourage multilateralism, MOFA said.

While Taiwan is being represented by MOFA, the other three host countries are represented by their representative offices in Taiwan, namely the Slovak Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, the American Institute in Taiwan and the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association.

According to the Slovak representative office, Lubica Ruzickova, director of European Employment Strategy Department at Slovakia's Ministry of Labor, took part in the workshop virtually on Thursday, during which she also delivered a keynote speech.

Labor officials from Taiwan and the U.S., and diplomats representing Japan and Slovakia, also made remarks via pre-recorded videos at the opening of the event, Chen noted.

MOFA will issue a press statement after the workshop ends on Friday, she added.

(By Chung Yu-chen and Teng Pei-ju)

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