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S American, Caribbean youths tour Taiwan

Staff writer, with CNA

Local and foreign participants in the Latin American and Caribbean Young Business Leaders’ Camp pose for a group photograph at the program’s opening ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

A group of young professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean are visiting Taiwan as part of an exchange program aimed at increasing their familiarity with the nation and promoting bilateral business opportunities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

The 10-day program, which is to conclude on Monday, will give the 19 participants an opportunity to travel across the nation and learn more about its economic development, the ministry said.

“Despite the significant geographical distance between Taiwan and the Latin American and Caribbean regions, the three sides have fostered close exchanges in the fields of politics, economics, technology, science, culture and academia over the years,” ministry Secretary-General Richard Shih (石瑞琦) said at the opening ceremony of the Latin American and Caribbean Young Business Leaders’ Camp yesterday.

The visiting young professionals come from a range of countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Saint Lucia and Honduras, the ministry said.

Marie Christine Boncy, a participant from Haiti, said she is confident that the camp will provide a positive trip that promotes both business and friendship between her country and Taiwan.

The program’s itinerary features visits to the National Development Council and the Bureau of Foreign Trade, as well as a presentation on the nation’s bid to join negotiations for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, the ministry said.

Also on the schedule are three business meetings that are to be held in northern, central and southern Taiwan in which participants are to meet with local industry representatives to discuss business opportunities, it added.

Now in its second year, the program is aimed at promoting business ties between Taiwan and Latin American and Caribbean countries.

It is also aimed at displaying the nation’s trade liberalization as it seeks support for its bid to join talks to set up the Pacific free-trade bloc being held between the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico and Brunei.

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