Taiwan, Poland sign youth exchange agreement

Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) Taiwan and Poland have signed an agreement on youth cultural and educational exchanges that paves the way for a working holiday program that is set to be launched early next year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday. The signing of the agreement took place earlier that day and the working holiday program is scheduled to take effect next January after the two countries finish follow-up administrative procedures, the ministry said in a statement. Further details of the program will be announced once they are finalized, it added. Under the terms of the agreement, Taiwan and Poland will each allow an annual quota of 200 citizens aged 18-30 to travel and work in each other's country for up to one year, according to the ministry. "The program is expected to increase mutual understanding among the people of both sides and to promote tourism, cultural and youth exchanges and cooperation," it said. Poland is the seventh European country and the 12th worldwide to have inked a working holiday agreement with Taiwan, the ministry said. The other 11 are Germany, Ireland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Slovakia, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. Located in the heart of Europe, Poland has a population of about 38 million. It is bordered by Russia to the north, Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine to the east, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south and Germany to the west. (By Elaine Hou)