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Mr.Gary Cowen, the Representative of Australian Office in Taipei said there has been close cooperation between Taiwan and Australia in the area of agriculture and aquaculture. Cairns-based supplier and fish farm export grouper fingerlings and coral trout fingerlings to Taiwan. Both Taiwan and Australia also conduct research on disease resistant banana strains. In terms of indigenous links, Australia has the world’s oldest continuous cultures in the world with around 500 different clan groups and each of them, according to Mr.Gary Cowen, has a distinctive culture and language. One similarity between Taiwanese aboriginal people and Australian indigenous people is that both groups make up around 2.4% of the entire population and both governments have paid attention the development of the indigenous cultures. Starting October 4 this year, his office will bring the Old Masters Exhibition showcasing the works of Australia’s great bark painters to Taiwan and to celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages, they will invite two women from Queensland to present the project “Yamani-Voices of an Ancient Land” with the aim to protect indigenous languages in Australia
Mr.Gary Cowen, the Representative of Australian Office in Taipei said the number of Taiwanese tourists to Australia has increased over the last few years. More than 300 thousand Taiwanese travel to Australia every year and Taiwanese are able to use SmartGate access in Australia increasing the level of convenience when entering Australia. Many Taiwanese also travel to Queensland and Cairns. Cairns is the number one base for Far North Queensland and the Great Barrier and Wet Tropics, world heritage site that consists of around 8940 square km wet tropical forests including some of the oldest rainforests in the world. According to Mr.Gary Cowen, some species are extremely old, more than a hundred million years old. Working Holiday Maker or WHM program makes Australia the number one destination for Taiwanese who are interested in holiday-work scheme. Many young Taiwanese aged between 18 and 30 have obtained new life experience and skills working in Australia including in Cairns in the areas of tourism, agriculture and hospitality.
Luke de Pulford, a member of the UK Conservative Party’s Human Rights Commission and the director of Arise Foundation, has been known for his work to defend human rights. He has worked to promote the awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking and his report shows that around 40.3 million modern slaves spread out in the world today. He recently visited Taiwan and hopes to work together with the government of Taiwan to raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking. He said Taiwan has around 700 thousand migrant workers from Southeast Asia and Taiwan maintains Tier 1 status in the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report released by the US Department of State, but Taiwan can still do more to safeguard human rights. A Tier 1 means one particular country has met the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s minimum standards.
Georges B. Sassine, the President of the Association of Industries of Haiti (ADIH) along with other important guests from Haiti arrived in Taiwan in early October with the hope to meet local businesspeople to lure more investment from Taiwan. ADIH is an organization that represents 106 members in the manufacturing industry in Haiti with the purpose to boost trade and improve local economy. Georges B. Sassine has been involved in the advocacy of HOPE act 1 and 2 as well as HELP. HOPE act 1 is Haitian hemispheric opportunity through partnership encouragement Act of 2006 passed by the US Congress to include special trade rules to give preferential access US imports of Haitian apparel and Act 2 of 2008 affords preferential treatment for imports of apparel, textiles, and certain goods from Haiti. HELP provides duty free treatment for additional textile and apparel from Haiti to the US.
Ambassador Michel Ching-long Lu, a seasoned diplomat said Taiwan has been performing well in the international community. Taiwan’s GDP value represents 0.95% of the world economy, ranking 19th highest in the world. He added that PRC should not block Taiwan's participation in the international organizations including the WHO. Taiwan can help and is willing to help other countries in the area of health, according to 2019 health index released in August this year by business magazine CEO World, Taiwan has the best healthcare system in the world.