Exhibition showcases Taiwan’s technical diplomacy achievements

Taipei, June 26 (CNA) An exhibition on Taiwan's achievements in science and technology diplomacy with three allied countries that opened in Taipei Tuesday shows the county's commitment to contributing to the global community, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (???) said.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the exhibition titled "Science & Technology in International Cooperation: An Exhibition of Achievements," Wu said Taiwan has now been involved in international cooperation for almost six decades.

"Our joint endeavors with partner countries have improved steadily along with the evolution of Taiwan's competitive advantages and emergence of various international trends, from agriculture and fisheries, to public health and medicine, clean energy, e-commerce, ICT, and environmental protection," he said.

The exhibition, being held at the National Taiwan Science Education Center, focuses on a pioneering science and technology diplomacy project known as "Capability Enhancement in Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)" in Central America.

The project, commissioned in 2009 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), uses technology to help three of Taiwan's diplomatic allies -- El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua -- Wu said.

Taiwan draws on images provided by its Formosat-2 satellite and remote telemetry technology to help the three countries better track land use, monitor the environment, protect forests, and improve their capabilities to prevent natural disasters, he said.

The minister said Taiwan very much looks forward to further diversifying and innovating its cooperative endeavors to make even greater contributions to the international community.

The exhibition, which is free, features photos, interactive games, and objects from the three diplomatic allies to inform visitors of Taiwan's ongoing efforts and achievements in science and technology diplomacy, according to MOFA.

It will run until Aug. 5 in Taipei before heading to Taichung and Kaohsiung later this year, according to MOFA.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel