Marshall Islands President Heine to arrive in Taiwan Thursday: MOFA
Jul 25, 2018GeneralComments Off on Marshall Islands President Heine to arrive in Taiwan Thursday: MOFA
Taipei, Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine will arrive in Taiwan on Thursday on a one-week visit and will meet with top government officials, as the two countries seek to expand bilateral cooperation, Taiwan's foreign ministry said Wednesday.
Heine will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (???) and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (???) and will also witness the signing of a visa-free program and an agreement on marine patrol cooperation between her country and Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement.
Taiwan and the Marshall Islands established diplomatic relations in 1998 and have maintained since then close cooperation in areas such as medical care, energy, agriculture and the cultivation of talent, MOFA said.
As the two sides seek to expand their cooperative ties during Heine's one-week visit, she will also meet with officials of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, and the Council of Agriculture, according to MOFA.
Heine and her delegation will also explore Taiwan's history and culture through visits to the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Chimei Museum in Tainan and Meinong Hakka Culture Museum in Kaohsiung, MOFA indicated in its press release.
The Marshall Islands president last visited Taiwan in May 2016 for Tsai's inauguration, MOFA said.
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The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel