Mon, Oct 20, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Philippines seeks Taiwan's aid at APEC

BILATERAL TALKS Cooperation in the fields of biotechnology, fishery conservation, agricultural development and the IT sector was discussed

By Huang Tai-lin and Chen Chung-hsin  /  STAFF REPORTERS , IN BANGKOK

A free Thai foot massage is provided at the media center located at the Queen Sirikit Convention Center for journalists covering the APEC summit.

PHOTO: SANDY HUANG, TAIPEI TIMES

Taiwan's APEC leader Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲) yesterday met with Philippino President Gloria Maca-pagal Arroyo and the outgoing Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to discuss bilateral co-operation in various areas.

The Philippines would like more of Taiwan's IT industry outsourcing and greater cooperation in biotechnology development, fishery conservation and agricultural development, its president told Taiwan's representative at APEC at a bilateral meeting yesterday.

"During the leader's bilateral meeting ... President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ... spoke highly of Taiwan's IT industry and expressed a desire of further cooperation with Taiwan in this aspect," said Lee Cher-jean (李雪津), spokeswoman for the Taiwan APEC delegation.

Lee Cher-jean said that Arroyo had also expressed a hope that more Taiwan investors would look favorably at the Philippines as a place to invest and that Taiwan could also provide assistance to investors from the Philippines visiting Taiwan.

Saying that Lee had responded positively to Arroyo's suggestions, the spokeswoman added that Lee had also taken the opportunity to share with Arroyo the importance of biotechnology.

"Concerning the Philippines's agricultural industry, Lee Yuan-tseh told his counterpart that the Philippines can highly enhance its agricultural productivity by strengthening its biotechnology," the spokeswoman said.

In addition, both Taiwan and the Philippines had also agreed to strengthen their cooperation in fisheries and breeding, said the spokeswoman.

Saying that both parties had agreed to sign several memorandums of understanding (MOU) in this area, Lee Cher-jean however did not elaborate on the details or contents of the MOUs.

Lee yesterday also discussed bilateral cooperation in the IT industry with a Malaysian delegation.

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