MOFA to launch more New Southbound Policy training courses

Taipei, Nov. 20 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will launch two training programs next year for people from 16 countries covered by the New Southbound Policy to strengthen their start-up capabilities and make agricultural businesses more efficient.

Phoebe Yeh (???), director-general of the MOFA's Department of International Cooperation and Economic Affairs, said Tuesday the ministry has asked the TaiwanICDF, a government-funded agency that runs the country's foreign aid programs, to set up the two courses targeting countries covered by the policy.

One of the two courses will focus on helping youths from the 10 ASEAN countries and six South Asian countries use creativity to start their own small businesses while another will show them how to use technology to improve their agricultural sectors, Yeh said.

The two courses are expected to train a total of 45 professionals, according to Yeh, who said the programs should deepen Taiwan's cooperation with these countries and help Taiwanese businesses explore opportunities there.

The ministry will also launch another 17 courses in 2019 that will be designed to meet some of the 17 U.N. sustainable development goals (SDGs), Yeh said.

The 17 courses are expected to help the capacity building of 375 officials, experts, and entrepreneurs from 46 countries around the globe, with training focused on meeting SDG goal 2 (zero hunger), goal 9 "industry, innovation and infrastructure," goal 10 (reduced inequality) and goal 17 (partnerships to achieve the goal).

The New Southbound Policy was launched two years ago when President Tsai Ing-wen (???) assumed office in May 2016 to reduce Taiwan's economic dependence on China.

The policy is aimed at forging closer economic ties with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), countries in South Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel