Slovakia scheme lifts off
The government signed a memorandum of understanding with a Slovakian delegation on Tuesday that will pave the way for a bilateral working holiday program to begin in June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The program will allow up to 100 young adults aged 18 to 35 from each country to visit and work in the other country every year for up to one year, the ministry said. Slovakia is the sixth European country and the 11th nation to have inked a working-holiday agreement with Taiwan. A working holiday program is meant to offer young adults an opportunity to travel abroad to experience a different culture and expand their horizons, while allowing them to work to earn their living costs, the ministry said.
US APEC official to visit
US Senior Official for APEC Robert Wang is to begin a five-day visit tomorrow to discuss bilateral economic cooperation, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said yesterday. Wang is to participate in an APEC Business Advisory Council meeting in Taipei and meet with local officials and business leaders to discuss APEC-related issues, and bilateral trade and investment cooperation, the AIT said. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wang is scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and call on officials at the foreign affairs and economic affairs ministries, as well as the National Development Council. Issues to be discussed include the trend toward regional economic integration and the prospects for economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, the ministry said. Wang took up his post in August last year and visited Taipei the following month, the ministry said.