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Taiwan helps Panama procure helicopter

Taiwan helps Panama procure helicopter

Panama City, Jan. 15 (CNA) Taiwan has made a final payment of US$8 million to Panama in keeping with a promise to help the diplomatic ally procure a helicopter for emergency relief and anti-crime operations, the Republic of China embassy in Panama said Thursday.
The payment was handed over by ROC Ambassador to Panama S.Y. Ko to Panama's Interior and Justice Minister Dilio Arcia on Wednesday.
Ko told the Central News Agency that the helicopter procurement, at a price of approximately US$10 million, is one of the bilateral cooperation projects between Taiwan and Panama.
Taiwan had previously made a payment of US$2 million to purchase the aircraft, Ko said.
Arcia, meanwhile, said the helicopter will be of great help in the work to improve public order in Panama and to provide emergency assistance to people living in remote areas.
He also expressed gratitude to Taiwan for helping to fund the construction of a hospital in the eastern part of Panama Province and for sending medical missions to the country to provide free medical services on many occasions. These efforts, he said, have contributed to upgrading the quality of health care in Panama.
(By Ramon Huang and Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-04-12 21:48 GMT+08:00