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MOFA wants better environment for international NGOs

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is collaborating with other government agencies to create a better environment for international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

“We are looking at relaxing the current regulations to make it easier for international NGOs to set up offices in Taiwan,” said David Wu (吳建國), deputy head of the ministry’s NGO Affairs Committee, on Thursday. “If international NGOs can set up their offices here, it will significantly boost the connections and cooperation between local NGOs and their international counterparts, which is vital to Taiwan’s globalization.”

The issues of resident and work permits and taxation are the most crucial for NGOs from abroad planning to set up headquarters, secretariats or local chapters, Wu said. Regulations governing these matters are outdated, he said.

Some NGOs have complained that Taiwan’s regulations are “unfriendly,” Wu said.

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