Tue, May 25, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Mongols impress Taiwan

NEW LABOR As many as 10,000 Mongolian caregivers may be working in Taiwan by May next year, and the first group of 11 has impressed the Council of Labor Affairs

CNA , TAIPEI

A Mongolian caretaker demonstrates a CPR at a press conference in yesterday. The Ulaanbaatar Trade and Economic Representative Office in Taipei and foreign labor agencies together introduce the first group of 11 Mongolian caretakers, adding to the ethnic diversity of Taiwan's labor force.

PHOTO: ROC FOREIGN LABOR AND EMPLOYER HARMONY PROMOTION COMMITTE

The first group of caregivers hired from Mongolia are all well-educated, including experienced nurses and several high school teachers, a local manpower agent said yesterday.

The first group of 11 Mongolian caregivers arrived last week and 10 of them have university degrees, the manpower agent said.

The Council of Labor Affairs formally opened the job market to Mongolians on Jan. 19.

All of the 11 Mongolian workers met the media at a news conference yesterday. All of them are women, with an average age of 30.

Dagba Batmunkh, director of the Ulaanbaatar Trade and Economic Representative Office in Taipei and Dolgoryn Sukhbaatar, a department chief at Mongolia's Social Welfare and Labor Affairs Ministry, were also present at the news conference.

Sukhbaatar said more than 7,000 Mongolians have filed applications to work in Taiwan and about 1,000 of them have received Chinese language training.

The second batch of Mongolian workers are scheduled to arrive in Taiwan on June 1, Sukhbaatar said, adding that he hoped the number of Mongolians working in Taiwan can reach 10,000 by next May.

Batmunkh said Mongolia's per capita national income is only about US$450. To the best of his understanding, Batmunkh said, many of his compatriots look forward to working in Taiwan.

"Most Mongolian people are competent and I'm hopeful that labor affairs cooperation between our two countries will proceed smoothly and satisfactorily," Batmunkh said.

Chou Shao-chuan (周玉娟), a spokeswoman for the manpower agency that handles Mongolian labor imports said that thanks to the Mongolian government's active assistance, it took less than two months for the Mongolian caregivers to complete all formalities and come to Taiwan to take up jobs.

"The Mongolian government is more willing to help verify the personal backgrounds of Mongolian applicants," Chou said, adding that it usually takes three to four months for local employers to complete formalities for importing Vietnamese and Indonesian workers.

The first group of Mongolian caregivers include a nurse with 11 years experience at a Mongolian hospital and even several high-school teachers.

A 30-year-old former high school teacher, known as Sulun, said her monthly salary in Mongolia is slightly more than US$70 or around NT$2,400.

"I hope to earn more money during my three years of work in Taiwan. I want to save money so that I can buy a house when I return home," Sulun said, adding that she also hopes to improve her Chinese proficiency during her stay in Taiwan.

Sulun has studied Chinese for three years.

Sulun's husband is a physical education teacher.

"If my work in Taiwan goes well, my husband may also apply to work here," she added.

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