Date: November 21, 2016
President Tsai Ing-wen expressed hope that Taiwan can further expand mutually beneficial
cooperation with African nations at a reception celebrating Africa Day Nov. 18 in Taipei City.
Held annually to commemorate the May 25, 1963, establishment of the Organization of African Unity, Africa Day marks the journey and struggles of African people in their pursuit of democracy, freedom and independence. Arranged by African embassies and representative offices in Taiwan, the Taipei event is typically staged in May but was delayed this year in view of Tsai’s inauguration the same month.
In her address, the president noted Taiwan enjoys close ties with African countries, and voiced gratitude for the attendance of delegates from many allied and friendly African nations at her inauguration. She also highlighted the continent’s huge growth potential, praising the achievements of African people for building robust economies and raising standards of living.
“African solidarity and cooperation promise steady progress toward a future of prosperity. Taiwan is proud to have been a part of the journey,” she said. “As an ally and partner who shares the universal values of democracy, tolerance and diversity, we’ll go forward with you hand in hand.” [FULL STORY]