Thirty young people working in agriculture are set to travel to Southeast Asia in groups of youth agricultural ambassadors.
The groups are the first to be sent as part of a program organized by the foreign ministry and the Council of Agriculture. The program is part of the government's New Southbound policy. The policy aims to create closer ties with the countries of South and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand.
The agriculture ambassadors will be divided into two groups. One will go to Indonesia and one to the Philippines. During their stay from September 10-16, they will get a firsthand look at agricultural policies and market conditions in the two countries.
At a ceremony held Tuesday before the ambassadors set off, deputy foreign minister Paul Chang said Indonesia and the Philippines are important countries for the New Southbound policy. He said Taiwan has laid a good foundation for agricultural ties with both countries through agreements on agriculture and fishing. He also said Taiwan had exchanges with the countries in the areas of agriculture, aquaculture, and pest-prevention.
Chang said he hopes the program will allow the development of cooperation and business opportunities.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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