Foreign aid programs are not dollar diplomacy: Presidential Office
Jul 31, 2017MarketComments Off on Foreign aid programs are not dollar diplomacy: Presidential Office
The government has denied that its foreign aid programs are a form of dollar diplomacy. That was the word from Presidential Office Spokesperson Sidney Lin on Monday.
Lin was referring to a Belizean report that Taiwan has promised to offer Belize US$60 million in aid. The report said US$40 million will be paid over four years and that the rest of US$20 million are donations.
Lin said the government's foreign aid policy has been in place for years and that all programs are carried out in line with the law.
Our foreign aid programs are a routine business. All cooperation is in accordance with the International Cooperation and Development Act. The [programs] are based on the economic development needs of our allies and there will be a donation ceremony after both sides reach an agreement. The programs are open, transparent and carried out strictly with the goal of ensuring that the assistance meets the practical needs of the people of our allies," said Lin.
Foreign Minister David Lee visited Belize in late July. Lee also visited the Dominican Republic to preside over a meeting attended by Taiwanese diplomats stationed in Latin America and the Caribbean.