Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018. 9:00 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Taiwanese President, Tsai Ing-Wen, who visited Belize last week and was welcomed by parliamentarians at a special sitting of the National Assembly last Friday, pledged to provide even more technical assistance to Belize for its unwavering international support of Taiwan’s sovereignty as an independent nation.
The Taiwanese President, speaking at the National Assembly on Friday, said she was pleased to meet with the 29 Belizean scholarship recipients who would be furthering their education in Taiwan. She noted Taiwan’s support for efforts of the Institute for Technical and Vocational Educational Training as well as Belize’s agricultural and livestock sector by way of the ongoing goat and sheep project at the Central Farm.
Ing-Wen announced that Taiwan is increasing the number of scholarships recipients for its next cohort of applicants. She also announced that Taiwan will be inviting a number of young Belizeans for short-term vocational programs in Taiwan. She said her administration will also be providing 520 vacancies to talented young individuals from across their diplomatic allies. She added that for those unable to visit Taiwan, her government is working with the ITVET to improve the facility and the quality of education.
“Taiwan is also prepared to make more investment in Belize’s agriculture industry and infrastructure. Furthermore many members of my delegations are from the business sector and I will be personally Belize’s biggest advocate in encouraging them to set up their operations here,” she said.
The Taiwanese President said she was grateful for the support Belize has shown her country throughout the years. She said Belize’s friendship to Taiwan was invaluable and said Belize remains close to the hearts of the Taiwanese people. Taiwan is a small island nation, and like Belize’s territorial dispute with Guatemala, mainland China maintains a territorial claim over Taiwan and has threatened hostile takeover in the past.
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