Taipei, Taiwan opened its second representative office in France on Monday in Aix-en-Provence to serve the Taiwanese nationals in the region and foster mutual cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said.
The unveiling ceremony of the office’s plaque, signifying the opening of the office, was hosted by Taiwan’s representative to France Francois Wu (吳志中) and chief of the new office Hsin Chi-chih (辛繼志), according to MOFA.
Before the new office opened Monday, Taiwan’s only office in France was its main representative office in Paris.
“With the new office, our government will be able to provide more timely and better service to our nationals and overseas compatriots living there,” said Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) via video.
In the video, Wu described France as an important economic partner of Taiwan, and he expressed hope for cooperation in the aerospace, biomedicine and technology fields in the future, focused specifically on semiconductors, smart health care and renewable energy.
French Senator André Vallini, member of the French National Assembly Laurence Trastour-Isnart, Aix-en-Provence Mayor Maryse Joissins Masini, and Vice Mayor Karima Zerkani-Raynal also sent their congratulations through pre-recorded videos, MOFA said.
Vallini invited Taiwanese to visit Aix-en-Provence and praised Taiwan for its democracy, respect for human rights and economic achievements.
According to MOFA, from 2016 to 2019, there was a 62 percent rise in Taiwanese nationals visiting France and a 30 percent rise in French nationals visiting Taiwan.
There was no data available showing how many Taiwanese visited Aix-en-Provence or that part of France.
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and related control measures, applicants for consular and other services for the office are advised to call and make an appointment before heading there, MOFA said.
The annex office is located at 120 Avenue Napoléon Bonaparte in Aix-en-Provence. Its office phone number is +33 (0) 413911920 and its emergency contact number is +33 (0) 761141520.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel