TAIWAN ‘VOLUNTEERS’ TO WORK IN PALAU

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TAIWAN ‘VOLUNTEERS’ TO WORK IN PALAU

By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR (Palau Horizon, June 19) - Palau and Taiwan have signed an agreement to dispatch Taiwanese volunteers to this Pacific island nation.

In a signing ceremony last week at the Palau Royal Resort, Minister of State Temmy Shmull and Taiwan Ambassador to Palau Clark K. H. Chen signed the agreement before members of the cabinet, lawmakers and businessmen.

Taiwanese volunteers will be dispatched to Palau with wide range of skills and experiences.

"These volunteers from Taiwan, like (Japanese) and U.S. Peace Corps volunteers, will work closely with their local counterparts and will have a chance to instill upon them greater professionalism and expertise - more importantly, they will help develop Palau’s human as well as institutional capacity building," Shmull said.

He said the first Taiwanese volunteers to be dispatched to Palau will be assigned to the Koror State government to assist in various environmental protection and preservation efforts and projects.

"I am pleased again to convey, on behalf of the government and the people of Palau, our most sincere gratitude to the government of Taiwan for its generous assistance and continued support to the government and people of Palau," Shmull said after the signing ceremony.

Under the agreement, the Taiwanese volunteers will be, in the performance of assigned duties, under the supervision of their nation’s embassy in Palau and local government agencies of requests their service.

Taiwan will provide international medical insurance for the volunteers and the coordinator.

Palau, in turn, will provide local medical or transport assistance and conveniences to the volunteers and the coordinator upon request by Taiwan.

"The signing is very special to both countries, not only because it underscores the commitment made by my government to assist the economic development of Palau, but also because it points the way toward greater cooperation for our countries in the years ahead," Chen said.

The ambassador said Taiwan has sent 200 volunteers to 20 countries around the world.

Chen added that volunteers from Taiwan will be able to use their professional know-how and techniques to assist the economic and cultural progress of Palau.

June 20, 2006

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