In his remarks, Director Christensen said Taiwan was an example to the world in such areas as economics, society, public health, education, and the environment. He said the United States applauded the fact that Taiwan had not only overcome numerous challenges in these areas, but more importantly, was also willing to share related experiences with neighboring partners. Noting that the United States is a Pacific Island nation with deep and longstanding ties with the region, he also said the US Indo-Pacific Strategy was strengthening cooperative partnerships throughout the Indo-Pacific, promoting free markets and good governance, and increasing regional stability.
Speaking on behalf of PILP participants, Nauruan participant Octavian Detenamo said the program had focused on providing participants with the leadership-related know-how required to better themselves, their societies, their countries, and the region. He said that having been unacquainted with one another at the start of the program, the group were now able to overcome their challenges with the combined force of a single family. He also said the group were unanimous in wanting to thank Taiwan for its friendly and open attitude, and for providing such an important capacity-building program to Pacific Island nations and the region, which had helped them witness Taiwan’s many development achievements.