Erwin Rüddel, Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Health, is leading a four-member delegation to Taiwan from October 21 to 25 at the invitation of the government of the Republic of China （Taiwan）. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes their visit.
The visit aims to give the delegates a deeper understanding of Taiwan’s political and economic development, and the opportunity to exchange views with health-related government agencies, universities, hospitals, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations. The members of the delegation will call at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare, National Health Insurance Administration, Mainland Affairs Council, Foundation of Medical Professionals Alliance in Taiwan, German Institute Taipei, and German Trade Office Taipei. Their itinerary also includes visits to the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, and other sites of economic, cultural, and health interest.
In addition to Mr. Rüddel, the delegation includes Dr. Georg Kippels and Alexander Krauß, who are also members of the Bundestag Committee on Health, as well as Alexandra Gutwein, head of office of Mr. Rüddel’s. The delegates take a strong interest in and focus their parliamentary work on medical care issues and global health policies.
Mr. Rüddel endorses Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations. Therefore, he has encouraged the German federal government to assist in Taiwan’s bid to attend the World Health Assembly, and extended support to Taiwan’s Representative Office in Germany when it held seminars and other activities promoting Taiwan’s participation in the WHA and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Mr. Rüddel has also appealed to the international health system to seek worldwide support for Taiwan’s inclusion in the World Health Organization.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is grateful to the German government and the Bundestag for backing Taiwan’s participation in the WHA in recent years. It is hoped that Taiwan and Germany can engage in greater cooperation to better surmount any future health crisis or challenge that may arise from globalization and jointly create a seamless epidemic prevention network. （E）