IDIA lectures on Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 wrap up in Taipei

From Taiwan Today 2020-09-09
MOFA Deputy Minister Tien Chung-kwang delivers opening remarks at the lecture event “Combating the COVID-19 pandemic: Taiwan’s experiences and relevant international cooperation” Sept. 7 at Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs in Taipei City. (Staff photo/Chin Hung-hao)

MOFA Deputy Minister Tien Chung-kwang delivers opening remarks at the lecture event “Combating the COVID-19 pandemic: Taiwan’s experiences and relevant international cooperation” Sept. 7 at Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs in Taipei City. (Staff photo/Chin Hung-hao)

A pair of lectures on Taiwan’s experience combating COVID-19 and its cooperative efforts with international partners to curb the spread of the disease wrapped up Sept. 7 in Taipei City, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Organized by MOFA’s Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, the lectures offered deeper insight into Taiwan’s effective coronavirus response to more than 100 foreign diplomats stationed in Taiwan and their dependents enrolled in the institute’s Mandarin Studies Program.

Tien Chung-kwang, MOFA deputy minister and IDIA chancellor, said during his opening remarks that Taiwan’s low number of coronavirus cases can be attributed to the country’s strong public-private partnership. Taiwan Can Help the international community better manage the pandemic through sharing its expertise and practices in disease prevention, he added.

Following Tien’s comments were speeches delivered by Gu Ruey-sheng, director general of the Department of Policy Planning under the MOFA, and Dr. Huang Sung-en from the Centers for Disease Control under the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

The former elucidated the details of Taiwan’s collaboration with allies, like-minded partners and international organizations, including Palau, Paraguay, Russia, the Czech Republic, the U.S., the EU and the Central American Integration System, while the latter centered on the government’s swift action starting Dec. 30 last year and the country’s public health capabilities for dealing with epidemics like H1N1, H7N9, dengue fever, Zika and severe acute respiratory syndrome.

According to the MOFA, the event also provided an opportunity for participants to exchange opinions on border control measures and discuss developments in the global fight against the disease. (YCH-E)