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Taiwan, France to sign working holiday agreement soon: envoy

Taiwan, France to sign working holiday agreement soon: envoy

Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) France's top envoy to Taiwan said Wednesday that a long-awaited agreement that will pave the way for a working holiday program between the two countries is expected to be signed "in the next few months." "Everything is in place," Benoit Guidee, director of the French Office in Taipei, told the local media when asked about the progress of the agreement. The agreement is likely to be signed "in the next few months" as the details are being finalized and there are no significant problems, he said. "I am pretty confident that in the very near future, we will have the agreement signed," Guidee said. "We really want it to be signed." Exchanges between young people of the two countries are a priority in the development of bilateral relations, said Guidee, who took up the post in Taiwan in September. His remarks were the first positive response in recent months to the issue that has been under discussion between the two countries for several years. According to the draft plan, the agreement will allow 500 adults, aged 18-30, from each country to travel and work in the other country, said the French Office, which represents France's interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties. Taiwan currently has reciprocal working holiday agreements with 13 countries, namely Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Poland, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom. Overseas working holiday programs have been popular among young Taiwanese since the first foreign program was launched in 2004 with New Zealand. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-27 03:23 GMT+08:00