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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Solomon Islands and Taiwan to sign bilateral agreements tomorrow

By Alfred Maesulia

The Vice Foreign Minister of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is on a three day visit to Solomon Islands with another three officials from the Foreign Ministry in Taipei.

Her Excellency Catherine Chang and her delegation will arrive in Honiara this afternoon at the invitation of the Solomon Islands Government to sign two bilateral agreements with Foreign Affairs Minister Patteson Oti.

A statement from the ROC Embassy in Honiara said the two agreements: Framework Cooperation Agreement; and the Dispatch of Volunteers Agreement would be signed tomorrow.

“The Foreign Cooperation Agreement will pave the way for advanced cooperation of mutual benefits in agriculture, health, education, fisheries, forestry, commerce, tourism, finance, and cultural exchange. The Dispatch of Volunteers Agreement will encourage Taiwanese volunteers to work together with their Solomon Islands counterparts for the betterment of livelihood and cultural exchange,” the statement said.

The Vice Minister will also have audience with the Governor-General Sir Nathaniel Waena, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Foreign Minister Oti, Speaker of National Parliament Sir Peter Kenilorea and members of Cabinet.

ROC Embassy said visits to these national leaders would lead to strengthening mutual cooperation and understanding between Solomon Islands and Taiwan.

HE Catherine Chang will also inspect Taiwan Embassy and the Taiwan Technical Mission in East Honiara. Other places which she will visit include Chinatown, US War Memorial and other tourist spots in Honiara.

Catherine Chang has served more than 30 years in the Foreign Service and has served as an Ambassador in a number of countries. She held many key positions like the Director General of the Department of Information & Cultural Affairs, the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was also Deputy Director General of North American Affairs in Taipei.

Catherine Chang was the first female ambassador ever posted overseas and also the first female Vice Foreign Minister in the history of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Source: GCU

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