Taiwan-Poland youth exchange program to be launched in December

Taipei, Nov. 6 (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 next month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said late Wednesday. The ministry initially said the reciprocal working holiday program is set to be launched next January but it later issued another statement to make a correction, saying that the program is expected to kick off Dec. 1. The agreement was signed Wednesday and the working holiday program will be officially launched after the two countries finish follow-up administrative procedures, the ministry said. 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 from 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)