The Taipei Commercial Representative Office (TCRO) in Kuwait hosted a reception to commemorate the 108th anniversary of National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Monday, 7 October. Members of the diplomatic corps, Kuwaiti officials, the Taiwanese community in Kuwait and media personnel attended the event.

In his address to the gathering, TCRO Representative Hua-Wei Mou, lauded the progress Taiwan has achieved in 2019. He stated, “As the 22nd largest economy, Taiwan achieved nearly 2.5 percent economic growth in the second quarter of 2019, the highest among major competitors in Asia. An even stronger performance is forecast for 2020.”

He added that Taiwan occupies an important geostrategic position in global manufacturing, with ‘Made in Taiwan’ no longer a term limited to components and OEM production, but represents a new economy centered on innovation, artificial intelligence, green energy, and advanced technologies.

The occasion also highlighted Taiwan’s support for UN Global Goals, with the country being a vital global partner in helping implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). “We are willing to make important contributions to the SDGs through related UN agencies, including the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the Convention on Climate Change, said Mr. Huo

Taiwan also has a strong commitment to the transition to renewable energy. “The goal is to boost renewable energy to 20 percent of electricity supply by 2025, and the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm will be completed by the end of this year,” disclosed the top Taiwanese official in Kuwait.

Praising the close and long-lasting bilateral relations between Taiwan and Kuwait, Representative Mou highlighted several initiatives undertaken by both countries in the fields of trade, tourism, education and public health. He highlighted the first consignment of custard apple exports from Taiwan to Kuwait, and the recent enrolment of the first Kuwaiti student in Taiwan for a master degree course, as indicative of growing relations between the two countries.

He also called for greater collaborative efforts between the two countries. “It is my belief that Taiwan and Kuwait can further engage with each other in a positive manner, both in the international arena and in the frontier of new economy. We treasure every opportunity to work with the government and the people of Kuwait. Together, we can open a new chapter of sustainable relations between the two countries,” said Mr. Mou.

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