The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed Nov. 3 the launch of Formosa Club in Africa at an event held via videoconference, as the group pledged to support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the international governance system including the World Health Organization.
Such strong cross-border backing is deeply appreciated by the government and people, the MOFA said, adding that it expects the club to serve as a platform for friends of Taiwan to discuss further strengthening ties with the country.
It also provides an ideal opportunity for promoting the government’s Africa Project, the ministry said. Launched by President Tsai Ing-wen in April 2018 after returning from a state visit to African ally the Kingdom of Eswatini, the initiative aims to expand Taiwan’s presence in the region.
In a recorded message, MOFA Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu said the interparliamentary organization— which was established by 181 lawmakers from 29 countries and territories—is built on the shared values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
According to Wu, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown no country is immune from disease, with only a concerted global effort able to overcome the challenges posed by coronavirus. Unfortunately, Taiwan is blocked from the activities, mechanisms and meetings of the WHO, depriving its people of the right to health, he added.
Taiwan is willing and able to share its resources and expertise with the rest of the world, Wu said, adding that the country’s allies and like-minded partners have been clear in their support of Taiwan’s WHO participation.
The online launch ceremony was attended by a number of distinguished founding members of the club, including Allen Stewart from Eswatini, John Steenhuisen from South Africa and Ahmed Yasin Ayanle from Somaliland. (SFC-E)