Taiwan-Africa parliamentary association established

Taipei, July 22 (CNA) Taiwan's Legislature established a new parliamentary association on Friday to promote exchanges with parliamentarians from African countries and advance bilateral relations.

Lawmaker Chiu Chih-wei of the Democratic Progressive Party, who initiated the association, said he hoped the association will help advance Taiwan's bilateral or multilateral relations with African countries in the areas of trade, education and culture.

The cross-party parliamentary association has formulated a plan on which countries they will visit and what agreements they will be pushing for, he said.

The launch ceremony of the group was attended by the ambassadors of Burkina Faso, Swaziland and Sao Tome and Principe to Taiwan. The three countries are among Taiwan's 22 diplomatic allies and its only allies in Africa.

In addition to the new association with parliamentarians from Africa, Taiwanese lawmakers have also established associations to promote exchanges with counterparts from Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, the United States and Southeast Asian countries.

(By Justin Su and Elaine Hou)