Tuvalu dismisses proposal of citizenship swap, calls instead for more climate action/吐瓦魯捍衛主權 拒絕以海洋資源換取澳洲國籍 by Minute Taupo

Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga says a recent suggestion to swap Australian citizenship for maritime resources is an isolated view with no support, but countries still need to take drastic action to combat climate change.

Last month former Australian PM Kevin Rudd wrote in a recent essay that Australia should offer citizenship to residents of the small Pacific nations of Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru in exchange for control of their seas, Exclusive Economic Zones, and fisheries.

PM Sopoaga has described Kevin Rudd's proposals as "imperial thinking" and said the importance of Pacific nations' culture, tradition and sovereignty should be respected. However, he didn't believe Mr. Rudd represented the stance of Australia or New Zealand.

There're better way to work with small island nations when it comes to dealing with climate change.

PM Sopoaga reiterated a call that was made at 2018 Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting that urged Australia to abandon coal power generation within 12 years, and to prohibit new coal plants or expansion of existing ones. World leaders should look towards more renewable energy sources rather than coal.

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吐瓦魯總理索本嘉嚴正回應前澳洲總理陸克文(Kevin Rudd)太平洋小島國如吐瓦魯、吉里巴斯等,可以海洋資源換取澳洲國籍之提議。

索本嘉總理認為,該提議極具「帝國主義」思想,忽視太平洋島國人民文化與傳統,更漠視太平洋島國主權。當然,吐瓦魯瞭解該言論不代表澳洲、紐西蘭政府之立場。

其實,因應氣候變遷,國際間有其他更好又實際的作為

索本嘉總理重申去年「太平洋島國論壇」會議中,呼籲澳洲政府重新檢視能源政策,不再新建或擴大火力發電廠,多採用可再生能源。

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Tuvalu and New Zealand sign statement of partnership/吐瓦魯、紐西蘭簽署夥伴關係聲明協議 by Minute Taupo

New Zealand's DPM also foreign minister Winston Peters has led a ministerial delegation to Tuvalu on March 3rd, 2019, where he met Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga.

During the visit, PM Sopoaga and Minister Peters signed the "Tuvalu-New Zealands Statement of Partnership", which prioritizes working together on climate change, workforce development and regional security.

Minister Peters said the agreement sets out the fundamental principles for the relationship to develop between 2019-2023.

PM Sopoaga said with its various challenges, Tuvalu's voice needs to be heard more clearly internationally and within the region. The new agreement will assist in this regard. He also believed the new agreement is as pathway for two nations to move forward and hopefully can regularize meetings between Tuvalu and Wellington.

PM Sopoaga further said that there're many areas that the two countries can work together on. "Issues of climate change; visa, immigration issues of Tuvaluans coming to New Zealand; vocational training and hands-on training and the building of local capacity of Tuvalu."

The New Zealand delegation, which includes Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Pacific People Minister Aupito William Sio.

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紐西蘭副總理暨外長皮特斯(Winston Peters)於3月3日率團訪問吐瓦魯,期間與吐國總理索本嘉(Enele Sopoaga)簽署《夥伴聲明協議》,未來雙方將優先就氣候變遷、勞動力發展及區域安全三大領域進行合作。

紐國外長指出,該協議係2019至2023年間吐紐兩國關係發展奠定之重要基礎。索本嘉總理稱,當前吐瓦魯面臨諸多挑戰,而該協議有助於讓吐國人民聲音更為國際與泰太平洋地區所聽見,更期盼未來吐瓦魯與紐西蘭雙邊會議能定期舉行。

吐紐雙邊有眾多可展開合作的領域: 氣候變遷、簽證核發、移民議題、職業訓練及人員培力等。

另紐國社會發展部長Carmel Sepuloni及太平洋民族部長Aupito William Sio亦隨團訪問。

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H.E. NEIJON REMA EDWARDS, AMBASSADOR FOR THE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MARSHALL ISLANDS, VISITS THE EMBASSY OF TUVALU, R.O.C. (TAIWAN)/ 馬紹爾共和國大使館艾芮瓊大使拜訪吐瓦魯駐華大使館 by Minute Taupo

In the morning of 27th February, 2019, H.E. Neijon Rema Edwards, the new Ambassador for the Embassy of the Republic of Marshall Islands, paid a courtesy call to H.E. Ambassador Limasene Teatu at the Embassy of Tuvalu, R.O.C. (Taiwan). Ambassador Edwards officially assumed the position of Ambassador on 21st January, 2019. As Tuvalu and Marshall Islands are the member of Pacific nations, we are looking forward to further cooperation here in Taiwan in the future.

馬紹爾共和國新任大使艾芮瓊於2019年2月27日上午拜會吐瓦魯駐華大使館涂莉梅大使,雙方就太平洋島國事務及未來在臺合作機會交換意見。艾芮瓊大使於2019年1月21日抵臺履新。

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2019 TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES & SEAFOOD SHOW ORGANIZERS VISITS THE EMBASSY OF TUVALU, R.O.C. (TAIWAN)/ 2019臺灣國際漁業展主辦單位拜訪吐瓦魯駐華大使館 by Minute Taupo

In the afternoon of 21st February, 2019, Mr. Hsuan Tsai, project manager of Taiwan International Fisheries and Seafood Show (TIFSS), Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Ms. Maggie Lee and Ms. Yvonne Tsai, organizers of TIFSS, MY Exhibition Co. Ltd., paid a courtesy call to H.E. Ambassador Limasene Teatu at the Embassy of Tuvalu, R.O.C. (Taiwan).

Both sides exchanged the idea on the fisheries show this year. On behalf of Tuvalu government, H.E. Ambassador Teatu appreciated Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and TAITRA’s supports on exhibition. Thanks to the TIFSS, there’re more people know Tuvalu and its marine resources that could create more business opportunities to Tuvalu. H.E. Ambassador Teatu also agreed that hopefully Tuvalu officers from fishery related department can join the TIFSS this year.

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2019年臺灣國際漁業展(TIFSS)主辦單位外貿協會與貿有展覽公司於2019年2月21日下午拜會涂莉梅大使,雙方就今年漁業展辦理事宜交換意見,會中涂莉梅大使特別感謝中華民國(臺灣)外交部及外貿協會長期支持與協助參展;透過臺灣國際漁業展,有助於來自世界各地業者更加認識吐瓦魯豐富海洋資源,進而增加吐國當地的貿易商機。涂莉梅大使希望今年能邀請吐國漁業相關部會人員參展。

EVERGREEN MARINE CORP. VISITS THE EMBASSY OF TUVALU, R.O.C. (TAIWAN)/ 長榮海運拜訪吐瓦魯駐華大使館 by Minute Taupo

In the morning of 20th February, 2019, Mr. Rover Chang, Jr. Vice President of Seaman Dept., Evergreen Marine Corp. paid a courtesy call to H.E. Ambassador Limasene Teatu at the Embassy of Tuvalu, R.O.C. (Taiwan). H.E. Ambassador Teatu exchanged the ideas with Jr. Vice President Chang on Tuvaluan seaman recruitment issues. On behalf of Tuvaluan government, H.E. Ambassador Teatu expected Evergreen Marine Transport Corp. can provide more job opportunities to Tuvaluan seafarers in the near future.

長榮海運海員部張經理於2019年2月20日上午拜會涂莉梅大使,雙方就聘用吐瓦魯籍船員議題交換意見。涂莉梅大使於會中傳達吐瓦魯政府期盼與長榮海運在新的一年能儘快開啟更多合作。

吐瓦魯設有海事訓練學校,提供海員所需知識與技能之專業訓練。各界有關船員招募問題歡迎向本館洽詢。

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AMBASSADOR LIMASENE TEATU VISITS YANG MING TRANSPORT CORP. 涂莉梅大使拜會陽明海運 by Minute Taupo

In the afternoon of 13th February, 2019, H.E. Ambassador Limasene Teatu paid a courtesy call to Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. in Keelung.

H.E. Ambassador Limasene Teatu exchanged the ideas with Capt. C.T. Tun (Vice President of Marine Dept.) and Mr. Yi Jeng (Deputy Vice President of Marine Dept.) on Tuvaluan seaman recruitment issues. On behalf of Tuvaluan government, H.E. Ambassador Teatu expected Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. can provide more job opportunities to Tuvaluan seafarers in the future.

Ambassador Teatu with Yang Ming Marine/涂莉梅大使與陽明海運長官合影

Ambassador Teatu with Yang Ming Marine/涂莉梅大使與陽明海運長官合影


涂莉梅大使於2019年2月13日下午赴基隆拜會「陽明海運股份有限公司」,與陽明海運航運技術群船務部董加亭協理、鄭怡副協理就雇用吐瓦魯籍船員議題交換意見,盼吐瓦魯政府與陽明海運在新的一年有更多合作機會。

吐瓦魯設有海事訓練學校,提供海員所需知識與技能之專業訓練。各界有關船員招募問題歡迎向本館洽詢。

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AMBASSADOR LIMASENE TEATU ATTENDS CLOSING CEREMONY OF 2018 YOUTH MANDARIN LANGUAGE TRAINING PROJECT/涂莉梅大使出席2018年「 太平洋島國青年華語訓練計畫」 結業典禮 by Minute Taupo

Congratulations to the 3 Tuvalu participants, Tauteave Matagale, Ben Petaia, and Taemani Telaufatu who received certificates at closing ceremony of 2018 Youth Mandarin Language Training Project on 29th January, 2019.

Special Thanks to 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC(Taiwan) 財團法人國際合作發展基金會 Taiwan ICDF 銘傳大學 for the support and assistance which have made the project possible and successful.

Huge congrats to Ben Petaia who received Outstanding Academic Performance Award!

涂莉梅大使於2019年1月29日(二)赴銘傳大學基河校區出席「太平洋島國青年華語訓練計畫」 結業典禮,吐瓦魯有3位學員Tauteave Matagale, Ben Petaia, 以及Taemani Telaufatu,分別在外交部、海關及海上巡防等部門服務,盼透過增加自我華語能力提升工作效益。

在結訓典禮中,學員們透過各種情境劇模擬各自工作場域中可能發生的案例,展現華語密集訓練的成果。特別恭喜 Ben Petaia獲頒傑出學業表現獎!

本次華語班是由「財團法人國際合作發展基金會」(ICDF)於本(107)年8月17日至11月7日接受中華民國外交部委託辦理,邀請吐瓦魯、吉里巴斯、馬紹爾群島、諾魯、索羅門群島及帛琉等臺灣於太平洋友邦共17位青年來臺參與,透過近3個月密集華語訓練課程,結合在地文化與企業參訪活動,有助於參訓學員更能熟悉華語應用及臺灣人文風情。

未來臺灣朋友有機會赴吐瓦魯別忘了跟他們練習華語唷!

Ambassador Limasene Teatu meets with Youth Ambassadors at Ming Chuan University/涂莉梅大使赴銘傳大學與2018國際青年大使交流 by Minute Taupo

In the afternoon of 17th August, 2018, H.E. Ambassador Limasene Teatu was invited to meet with 75 youth ambassadors at training courses at Ming Chuan University. H.E. Ambassador Limasene Teatu shared her country Tuvalu and exchanged the ideas with the participants.

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Launched in 2009 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan), the International Youth Ambassador Exchange Program has recruited 1,600 students who have travelled across five continents to experience diverse cultures around the world, and shared Taiwanese culture with young people in partner countries, according to MOFA. This year’s 15 youth ambassadors will visit Tuvalu

H.E. Amb.Limasene Teatu with 15 youth ambassadors who will visit Tuvalu

H.E. Amb.Limasene Teatu with 15 youth ambassadors who will visit Tuvalu

Tuvaluan student Lauila also joined the course introduced the beautiful Pacific island country Tuvalu. She attracted the students by traditional dance. Let’s see the beautiful pictures.

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