Wed, Nov 03, 2004 - Page 3 News List

ECCT delegation to promote Taiwan's bid to enter WHO

CNA , TAIPEI

The European Chamber of Commerce Taipei (ECCT) will relay Taiwan's desire to join the World Health Organization (WHO) to the EU next week when it pays a visit to EU headquarters in Brussels, according to a government official.

Council for Economic Planning and Development Chairman Hu Sheng-cheng (胡勝正) made the remarks on Monday during a meeting with an ECCT delegation led by chairman Paul Zeven.

Zeven submitted a report to Hu thanking the government's efforts in improving the domestic investment climate over the past year and said that the ECCT will suggest that the EU support Taiwan's WHO bid when it visits Brussels next week.

It would benefit both the Taiwanese people and European business interests should Taiwan gain membership at the WHO, ECCT officials said.

Acting on a request from the ECCT, the council will call an inter-ministerial coordination meeting in the near future to further study allowing more Chinese professional talent to work in Taiwan, Hu said.

Claiming that the government always attaches great importance to foreign companies' suggestions, Hu said that government agencies will cooperate in granting improved access to professionals from China or the Chinese spouses and children of foreign managers to stay in Taiwan.

At the same time, the threshold for foreign students to receive training in Taiwan will also be reviewed, he said.

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