Taipei, A two-day non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders forum organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) opened on Tuesday, in which leaders of Taiwan’s NGOs gathered to discuss ways to enhance local NGOs’ international participation.
In the opening ceremony, Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang (田中光) said the forum was one of the highlights marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of MOFA’s Department of NGO International Affairs.
Tien praised local NGOs for partnering with MOFA in providing assistance to the international community, citing Pakistan’s flooding and Haiti’s earthquake of 2010, and 2015’s Nepal earthquake as examples.
Edward Raine, president of the non-profit organization Food for the Poor, lauded Taiwan as a “role model for international citizenship” in a video message.
“Because of you, organizations like ours have been able to help thousands of children and their families living in poverty,” he said, adding that he looks forward to more collaboration with Taiwan in the future.
The forum will discuss topics such as strengthening Taiwanese NGOs international participation, cultivating international talent, building connections with other NGOs, coping with China’s increasing suppression and ways to integrate resources to achieve Taiwan’s strategic diplomatic goals.
Panelists in the forum include Constance Wang (王雪虹), head of MOFA’s Department of NGO International Affairs and Timothy Hsiang (項恬毅), secretary-general of the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), as well as representatives of World Vision, the Taiwan Rotary Clubs Association and Doctors without Borders.