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Taiwan donating US$300,000 for Haitian relief effort

Staff Writer, with CNA, Washington

Taiwan donated US$300,000 to the Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF) under the Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday to support the foundation’s work in Haiti.

The donation was delivered by Jason Yuan (袁健生), the nation’s representative-designate to the US, to foundation president Frank Gomez in a ceremony held at OAS headquarters in Washington.

Yuan said the fund would be used to finance PADF’s post-earthquake reconstruction and cholera control and prevention in Haiti.

With more than 30 years of experience in carrying out relevant projects in Haiti, the PADF is the best partner for Taiwan to help with the Caribbean nation’s reconstruction and epidemic prevention and control, Yuan said.

Taiwan has maintained diplomatic ties with Haiti for half a century. When Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake last year, Taiwan was the first Asian country to send a search-and--rescue team to help with its post-disaster relief operations. The government and private sector also donated US$16 million in cash and relief supplies to the country’s long-term diplomatic ally, he said.

Gomez said the PADF has cooperated with Taiwan on many occasions and that both sides share the common goal of extending key aid to the most fragile communities and helping improve the quality of life for people in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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