The Taiwan Muslim Youth Exchange Program concluded Aug. 30 in Taipei City, affording 42 youths from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore the opportunity to learn more about the country’s economic, political and social development.
Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, TMYEP featured intensive lectures on Taiwan’s agricultural and green energy technologies, as well as major regional engagement approaches such as steadfast diplomacy and the New Southbound Policy.
A key plank in the government’s national development strategy, the NSP seeks to enhance Taiwan’s agricultural, business, cultural, education, tourism and trade ties with the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, six South Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand.
According to the MOFA, the weeklong program included visits to the Presidential Office and Taipei Grand Mosque in northern Taiwan. Other highlights were tours of the Taiwan Orchid Plantation and Tainan District Agricultural Research and Extension Station in southern Taiwan.
First launched in 2017, TMYEP cultivates people-to-people exchanges and deepens understanding between Taiwan and Muslim-majority countries in the NSP region. Other similarly successful MOFA initiatives in line with the NSP are the Ni-Hao Taiwan Study Camp for Future Leaders for Asia-Pacific and International Elite Leadership Seminar for youths from North Africa and West Asia. (SFC-E)
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