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Taiwan to share expertise in preventing bird flu: Lu

By Chiu Yu-tzu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taiwan will share its experience in preventing an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu at an international conference next month in Indonesia, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said yesterday.

She made the comment while meeting with Taj Hamad, secretary-general of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO). She told her guest that Taiwan has been taking advantage of NGO channels to contribute to the world.

Using the Democratic Pacific Union (DPU) formed in August as an example, Lu said that Taiwan and the other 27 members would carry out several collaborative projects over the next two years.

"An Indonesia-based NGO, the Habibie Center, will hold an international conference on bird flu in November. Taiwanese experts will contribute our disease-prevention experience at the meeting, exchange opinions with counterparts and come up with possible collaborative strategies to tackle the global threat posed by the spread of bird flu," she said.

Hamad said he hoped that WANGO could work with the DPU. WANGO is a global group that provides support for NGOs to connect worldwide.

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