Taiwan a model of disaster preparedness in Indo-Pacific region: AIT deputy director

Taiwan and U.S. teamed up to host an international workshop on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief

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The GCTF workshop on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief opens on Dec. 14 in Nantou County (Source: CNA)

The GCTF workshop on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief opens on Dec. 14 in Nantou County (Source: CNA)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Speaking at the opening ceremony of a Taiwan-U.S. cooperative workshop on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, Deputy Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Raymond Greene lauded Taiwan for its achievement in developing disaster preparedness.

The second workshop on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief opened on Friday at the National Fire Agency Training Center in Nantou County. Representatives and experts from 10 countries in the Indo-Pacific region took part in the event co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), AIT, and National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction.

Greene said that since the devastating 921 earthquake struck the island in 1999, Taiwan has worked hard to develop its ability to respond to various kinds of natural disasters. In doing so, Taiwan “has become a model of disaster preparedness for the region,” added Greene.

“I would encourage you all to consider how your countries can work more closely with Taiwan in this area,” said Greene. He mentioned that Taiwan continues to demonstrate its willingness to help others in need, including deploying rescue teams and providing aid after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013, and after the flooding and landslides took place earlier this year in Japan.

Greene emphasized that the AIT continues to promote Taiwan’s participation in the international community. “As we face a multitude of global challenges, we cannot afford to exclude a partner with so much to offer the world. Taiwan’s leadership and contributions can play an important role in advancing a free, open, and secure Indo-Pacific.”

Friday’ workshop is the fifth one under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) this year, and the 15th one after the Taiwan-U.S. cooperative program was initiated in 2015.

MOFA said the workshop demonstrated Taiwan’s efforts to develop disaster response and relief. It also encouraged nations across the region to work together to build a more resilient Indo-Pacific.