Water departments ink MOU
The Taipei and Tokyo water departments signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) yesterday in which the two sides agreed to expand cooperation and exchanges of personnel and technology. The agreement was signed by visiting Tokyo Metropolitan Waterworks Bureau Director-General Atsushi Masuko and Taipei Water Department Commissioner Wu Yang-lung (吳陽龍) at Taipei City Hall, the Taipei Water Department said in a statement. Under the agreement, the two sides will continue to exchange personnel and technology and extend their cooperation to training and technology development, the Taipei Water Department said. The department said that Japan is recognized for its technologically advanced earthquake-resistant pipes, something Taipei should adopt, because Taiwan is prone to earthquakes, and the capital is situated in a geologically soft basin, the statement said.
Ma to deliver video lecture
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has been invited by US academics to deliver a speech via videoconferencing on the topics of cross-strait issues and Taiwan-US ties, the Presidential Office said. The meeting, which will bring together several top experts from the areas of politics, diplomacy and security, is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at 9am. Ma will talk about how Taiwan is working toward cross-strait peace and how it improved its relations with the US. He will also take questions from participants. The conference will be hosted by former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice. It will be Ma’s fourth videoconference of this kind with US academics. He had similar ones with Harvard University in 2010 and with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, in 2009 and 2011.