On the morning of 21st December, 2015, Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo, Madame Seleta Kapua Taupo, and staff from the Embassy of Tuvalu, R.O.C. (Taiwan) traveled to the Taichung-Changhua-Nantou Regional Branch of the Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor to attend the Closing Ceremony for the “2015 Vocational Training Project for Youth in the Pacific.” The Secretary General of the TaiwanICDF, Ambassador Weber V.B. Shih; Ambassadors and representatives from the Embassies of Nauru, Kiribati, Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Solomon Islands; the Director General of the Central Taiwan Office for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alejandro Huang; and officials from Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor were all in attendance to congratulate the graduating trainees.
The “2015 Vocational Training Project for Youth in the Pacific” was a four-month vocational training program organized and sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labor, and the TaiwanICDF. A total of thirty citizens from Taiwan’s allies in the Pacific (i.e., Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Solomon Islands) participated in the project and were provided training in the areas of electrical and electronic engineering, automotive mechanics, or woodworking. The main aim of the project was to develop human resources and strengthen vocational training in the Pacific by sharing R.O.C. expertise in relevant fields.
At the closing ceremony, Ambassador Taupo was invited to speak on behalf of Taiwan’s Pacific allies represented at the program, during which time he expressed his confidence that the training program would undoubtedly enhance vocational infrastructure in the Pacific and strengthen the close relationships maintained between Taiwan and its Pacific allies.
Tuvaluan trainees Siaosi Taake and Baeke Timoteo were also selected to speak on behalf of the graduating class of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Automotive Mechanics, respectively. The two trainees expressed their sincerest gratitude for their instructors and all the organizations involved in the planning of the program and stated that they looked forward to the opportunities awaiting them back home in Tuvalu.
The closing ceremony speeches presented by Ambassador Taupo and the aforementioned trainees can be found below:
兩位吐瓦魯學員Siaosi Taake以及Baeke Timoteo，也分別獲選代表「電機實務」及「汽車修護」班發表畢業感言，兩人於感言中對所有老師以及主辦組織表達感謝之意，並且對未來在吐瓦魯的就業機會感到萬分期待。