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Taiwan, Czech Republic sign MOU on working holiday

Taiwan, Czech Republic sign MOU on working holiday

Taiwan and the Czech Republic have signed a memorandum of understanding that paves the way for a reciprocal working holiday program, which is expected to be launched in April 2016, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

The MOU was signed Monday in Prague by Taiwan's representative to the Czech Republic Lu Xiao-rong and his Czech counterpart Vaclav Jilek, the ministry said in a statement.

It said the working holiday program will be launched after the two countries complete follow-up procedures, and further details of the program will be announced later.

Under the terms of the MOU, Taiwan and the Czech Republic will allow citizens aged 18-26 to travel and work in each other's country for up to one year, according to the ministry.

It is hoped that the program will promote mutual understanding and friendship between youth on both sides, the ministry said.

The Czech Republic is the ninth European country and the 14th worldwide to have inked a working holiday agreement with Taiwan, the ministry said.

The other 13 are Austria, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.

A landlocked country in Central Europe, the Czech Republic is bordered by Poland, Germany, Slovakia and Austria.

The Czech Republic boasts a diversity of landscape types, cultural and historical sites, including 12 important UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for Taiwanese tourists, the ministry said. (By Elaine Hou)