Lithuania plans to open a trade office in Taiwan next month and has appointed Paulius Lukauskas, an adviser to Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte, to head the office, the Lithuanian Economy and Innovation Ministry said on Wednesday.
“Taiwan is included in Lithuania’s priority markets for innovation cooperation, exports and foreign direct investment. In the first half of this year, exports of Lithuanian-origin goods and services to Taipei increased by one-third,” Lithuanian Minister of the Economy and Innovation Ausrine Armonaite was quoted as saying in the statement.
The office in Taipei would not only help diversify Lithuania’s economic representation in Asia, but also promote mutual technological cooperation, the statement said.
Two-way trade for the first six months of this year increased by 92.6 percent year-on-year, it said.
Lukauskas has more than 20 years of experience in industry, and held corporate executive positions before assuming public office, it said.
Lithuania has commercial representatives in its embassies in the UK, the US, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Israel, and expects to bring the total to 23 by 2024, the statement said.
Photo: Screenshot from LRT Televizija
Newly installed commercial representatives are to be stationed in embassies in South Korea, Japan and Poland, and the number of business representatives in the US and German embassies is to be expanded to three each, it said.
Lukauskas is advising Simonyte on strategic reforms, and previously headed Enterprise Lithuania, the country’s entrepreneurship and export development agency.
The new trade office is to be called Lithuania’s Trade Representative Office in Taipei.
Photo: screengrab from Legislator Lin Ching-yi FB.
Lithuanian officials also said that it would be a commercial office and not diplomatic in nature, the Baltic News Service said.
In Taipei, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said it looks forward to close cooperation with the trade office.
The ministry yesterday also welcomed the announcement that a Taiwan-friendly delegation formed by Ukrainian parliamentarians plans to visit the country.
Ukrainian Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Oleksandr Merezhko on Wednesday said that the delegation is to consist of 15 cross-party lawmakers, including himself, adding that the delegation would officially form after the parliamentary speaker’s announcement at the next congress at the end of this month.
The delegation hopes to promote friendship with Taiwan and foster ties on the economy, culture, humanitarian aid and other issues, he said.
Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) yesterday said that Taiwan has condemned Russia several times after it invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, and stood together with other democratic countries to support Ukraine by donating supplies and money, which showed “Taiwanese people’s love and humanitarian spirit.”
The delegation’s planned visit is evidence that “Ukraine received firm support and timely help from Taiwan,” she said, adding a quote from Confucius: “Virtue is never left to stand alone. He who has it will have neighbors.”
The government hopes that the war in Ukraine would end soon, she said, adding that Taiwan would be happy to help with Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction and help its people return to normal life.
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Shih-chieh (黃世杰) said yesterday that the Legislative Yuan is preparing the establishment of a Taiwan-Ukrainian lawmakers’ friendship association.
The association is to be launched next month and would hold talks with the delegation via videoconference to express Taiwan’s support for Ukraine, Huang said.
More than 30 cross-party legislators have joined the association.
Huang said he hopes that once the association is established, it can arrange more mutual visits and build substantive exchanges with Ukraine.
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