October 31, 2016
Mr. Peter Osuský, MP and Chairman of the Slovakia-Taiwan Parliamentary Group, leads a six-member parliamentary delegation to visit Taiwan from October 31 to November 5, 2016, at the invitation of the ROC government. This trip will help strengthen parliamentary exchanges and provide the delegation with a better understanding of recent political, economic, and social developments in Taiwan, and help open up new avenues of cooperation in such areas as the economy and trade, technology, culture, and education, to the benefit of both countries.
The delegation will call on President of the Legislative Yuan Su Jia-chyuan, Deputy Minister of the National Development Council Kao Shien-quey, and Deputy Minister of Mainland Affairs Council Chiu Chui-cheng. Members will also call at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Science and Technology, Central Taiwan Science Park, Taipei Medical University, and Soochow University. The delegation will also attend a luncheon hosted by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Chih-Chung. In addition, members will visit a number of high-tech companies, the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, Longshan Temple, National Taichung Theater, and Sun Moon Lake.
In recent years, Taiwan-Slovakia relations and cooperation have continued to progress. For instance, the two countries have signed numerous agreements and memoranda on such areas as double taxation avoidance, e-government, youth working holidays, and science and technology. In addition, Taiwan’s companies have invested some €300 million in Slovakia. Bilateral trade last year reached nearly US$385 million, a growth of 15.4 percent over 2014. Looking to the future, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to promote and facilitate substantive exchanges and cooperation with Slovakia based on the existing solid foundation. (E)