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Posted: Monday, December 6, 2021. 1:45 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Speaker of the House of Representatives Valerie Woods and parliamentary representatives of other countries at the Open Parliament Forum in Taiwan signed a joint statement reaffirming their support for Taiwan as they concluded their visit, according to a statement by the National Assembly of Belize.

“This bringing together of democratic allies, governments, parliaments, and civil society organizations to exchange views on how to enhance openness, its challenges, and its practical applications for the people we serve is another example of Taiwan’s global leadership in its unflagging pursuit of democracy,” said Woods in her remarks as keynote speaker at the Open Parliament Forum.

Woods and Deputy Clerk of Parliament Clarita Pech visited Taiwan as guests of the Taiwan government to attend the forum.

During her visit, Woods and Belize Ambassador to Taiwan Dr. Candice Pitts met with President Tsai Ing-wen, Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu, and the President of the Legislative Yuan (Parliament) You Si-Kun.

The forum was held for parliamentarians to share experiences, challenges, and recommendations on enhancing legislative openness and public engagement said the statement.

Speaker Woods said both previous and current parliaments in Belize have made progress in improving transparency and oversight but added that a significant effort and thrust with bi-partisan support is needed in moving forward and embracing the ethos of open parliament for the modern era. She said Taiwan’s Parliament Action Plan should be a good model to follow.

At the end of the forum, the participants signed the joint statement in support of Taiwan and committed to continue cooperating and enhancing legislative openness.

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