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The German Trade Office Taipei is the official Delegation of German Industry and Commerce and a member of the worldwide network of German Chamber of Commerce Abroad, with offices at 130 locations in over 90 countries. The German Trade Office Taipei was established in 1981 and the Chief representative and Executive Director, Mr.Axel Limberg said his office is to promote bilateral trade between Taiwan and Germany. Mr.Axel Limberg said COVID-19 has impacted many business plans. German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) conducted a flash survey among its 140 locations in 92 countries from June 15 to June 26, 2020. The survey shows that German companies remain committed to Taiwan and Mr.Axel Limberg said 90.5% of the participating companies consider travel restrictions as the greatest burden for business operations adding that some business operations require the presence of manpower for example to repair machinery on site. 81% of the German companies in the survey think that an economic recovery will take place in 2021 and Mr.Axel Limberg said it is going to be a challenging year ahead.
The CEO of World Vision Taiwan, Mr.Andrew Wang said COVID-19 has caused a great impact on the organization in many ways, for example many suffer from the economic slump due to COVID-19 and the donation amount will becomes less. And as more suffer from the economic slowdown, more need financial support as well. According to the Regional Manager of Africa & Latin America and Caribbean of World Vision Taiwan, Shine Liu, what is worrisome is domestic violence and child abuse cases as they have been on the rise since the pandemic and they estimate a rise of 20% in the next two years.
World Vision Taiwan was founded in 1964 and the CEO, Andrew Wang said he is grateful to the people of Taiwan who have been with them for the last 56 years. This year 30 Hour Famine Taiwan hopes to raise $0.25 billion NTD (USD$8.5 million) to enable them to provide assistance to those who are in need. Another project of World Vision Taiwan is Child Sponsorship Program, according to the Regional Manager of Africa & Latin America and Caribbean of World Vision Taiwan, Shine Liu, is a long term development program which they ask donors to sponsor a child for 10-15 years (from childhood to adolescence). World Vision Taiwan works with local partners including the local government to provide better environment for children to grow.
The 30 Hour Famine is a World Vision event in 21 countries. It started in 1971 when a group of young Canadians staged an event i to see what it was like to be hungry and raise money and awareness for children suffering from famine in Somalia. According to the CEO of World Vision Taiwan, Mr.Andrew Wang, in 1989, World Vision Taiwan started The 30 Hour Famine project and this year, as the world is suffering from COVID-19 pandemic, even though Taiwan has had no local transmission cases for more than 80 days, still for the safety and health of the public, Andrew Wang said World Vision Taiwan decided to hold the program on line. In the meantime, to celebrate the 31st 30 Hour Famine project in Taiwan, 31 celebrities famous Taiwanese singers and actors have joined the ranks in order to raise the awareness of the public about what it is like to live in poverty and to suffer from famine. The drive is also to call for the public to make donation to help the children in Syria and Africa and this year, Yemen is added on the list, according to the Regional Manager of Africa & Latin America and Caribbean of World Vision Taiwan, Shine Liu.
Cédric Alviani, East Asia bureau director of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said every country should respect independent reporting in order to guarantee basic human rights. Independent reporting has been abused in many totalitarian countries and even what is worrisome is that some democracies do not support journalism such as in the Philippines, the arrest of Maria Ressa, founder of Rappler as well as in the US, the use of force against journalists or journalists taken into custody while covering protests. Cédric Alviani also discusses press freedom in Hong Kong after the HK National Security Law is passed.