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Taiwan expanding agricultural cooperation with Myanmar

Taiwan expanding agricultural cooperation with Myanmar

Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) Taiwan is expanding its cooperation with Myanmar in the area of agriculture, after a government-funded international aid agency set up an office in the Southeast Asian country, which does not have official ties with Taiwan, the agency said Tuesday. After opening the office in Yangon last April, the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) has been assisting in promoting cooperation between Taiwan and Myanmar in areas such as agriculture and fishery, said Weber Shih (???), secretary-general of the agency, at a news briefing. Asked about the latest developments in bilateral cooperative projects, Shih said that Taiwan is planning to work with the Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to improve Myanmar's agricultural developments. The IRRI is aimed at reducing poverty and hunger and improving the health of rice farmers and consumers, as well as ensuring environmental sustainability through collaborative research, partnerships and the strengthening of national agricultural research systems. Details of the cooperation have not been finalized, according to Shih. Meanwhile, after the opening of the office, two junior government officials from Myanmar have come to Taiwan to study master's degrees at National Taiwan Ocean University's Department of Aquaculture to learn more about the country's advanced aquaculture development, the agency said. To boost bilateral exchanges, the agency said it will also invite representatives from Myanmar to participate in a workshop on the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) slated for September in Taiwan. SMEs are one of Taiwan's strengths, and the workshop is aimed at sharing Taiwan's experience in this area with Southeast Asian countries. The ICDF office in Myanmar will also work with local authorities to achieve cooperation in fisheries and photovoltaics, based on a memorandum of understanding signed between the two sides in October 2013, according to the agency. The establishment of the ICDF office is designed to help with the implementation of cooperative projects between the two countries and help promote bilateral exchanges. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-28 19:54 GMT+08:00