TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Icyang Parod, minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP), said on Monday (April 22) that the headquarters of the Austronesian Forum, an organization initiated by the Taiwan government, is scheduled to be inaugurated on Sept. 30 in Palau.
Parod met with Te Ururoa Flavell, former minister of New Zealand’s Maori Department, on Monday.
During the meeting with the New Zealand delegation, Parod announced that the Austronesian Forum, which was re-opened by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and representatives from 12 member states last year in Taipei, is likely to open its headquarters in Palau this September, according to a CIP press statement.
The inauguration will also be followed by an Executive Committee meeting, the statement said.
The forum was suspended for 10 years until Pacific partners reached a consensus in 2017 to bring it back, and to resume talks and practices to promote language and cultural exchange as well as common interests of countries that share Austronesian heritage.
A six-year plan for the forum was approved by the government a month ago. CIP will work with member states in the future to promote substantive cooperation and sustainable development across the Austronesian region, said Parod.
More than 2,000 languages in the world belong to the Austronesian language family. The languages spread across the Pacific Ocean and are believed by some scholars to have originated from the indigenous people who inhabited Taiwan in ancient times.