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Taiwan, Germany sign pact on civil society exchanges

12/07/2023 03:25 PM
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Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) Taiwan and Germany signed an agreement Thursday to establish a commission that will promote and facilitate exchanges at the civil society level, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

The agreement was signed remotely by Taiwan's representative to Germany Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉), who is based in Berlin, and Germany's deputy representative to Taiwan Andreas Hofem in Taipei, MOFA said in a press release.

Initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, the agreement is aimed at establishing a platform for enhanced bilateral dialogue at the level of civil society, MOFA said.

Meanwhile, the German Federal Foreign Office said in a press release that the commission will comprise 24 members -- 12 from each side -- and will be headed by two chairpersons.

German Parliamentarian Reinhard Bütikofer has been named as one co-chair, and former Professor Ku Chung-hwa (顧忠華) of Taiwan's National Chengchi University as the other, according to the press releases issued by the two sides.

The committee will get off the ground in 2024 and will meet once a year, alternately in Germany and Taiwan, the German office said.

The bilateral agreement is the third to be signed by the two sides this year, the other two being pacts on technology collaboration and judicial cooperation on criminal matters, according to MOFA.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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