2017 ‘youth ambassadors’ program to focus on Southeast Asia: MOFA
Mar 28, 2017MarketComments Off on 2017 ‘youth ambassadors’ program to focus on Southeast Asia: MOFA
Taipei--The government's "youth ambassadors" program will focus on Southeast Asian and South Asian countries this year, in line with Taiwan's New Southbound Policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
This year, 75 college and university students will be selected to the International Youth Ambassadors Exchange Program, under which they will embark on 10-day tours in separate groups to India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam in late August, according to Shen Wen-chiang (???), deputy director-general of MOFA's Department of NGO International Affairs.
Shen said the tours will cover four main themes: exchange and study, volunteer service, courtesy visits, and cultural diplomacy.
Also, small-sized arts and cultural performances will be arranged to showcase Taiwan's culture, he said.
Registration for the program will be opened in early April, and children of new immigrants from Southeast Asia are encouraged to take part because they will be able to use their language skills and ethnic background to help Taiwan promote bilateral exchanges with the region, he said.
The program was launched by the MOFA in 2009 to project Taiwan's soft power.
Over the years, more than 1,400 students have been sent to various countries across Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, according to the MOFA.