Tuvalu’s Governor General H.E. Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli Visits the Republic of China (Taiwan)/吐瓦魯總督依塔雷理閣下訪問中華民國 / by Minute Taupo

From 8th to 13th November, 2014, H.E. Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli, Governor General of Tuvalu, was accompanied by his wife Madame Koling Italeli; Honorable Monise Tuivaka Laafai, Minister of Communication and Transport for Tuvalu; Ambassador Jason C. H. Wan from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Tuvalu; and other officers from the Government of Tuvalu on an official state visit to the R.O.C. (Taiwan). Tuvalu’s Ambassador to Taiwan, Minute Alapati Taupo, and his wife Madame Seleta Kapua Taupo joined the delegation over the course of their visit to Taiwan.

During their trip, Governor General Italeli and other distinguished guests from Tuvalu met with not only Dr. Ma Ying-jeou, the President of the Republic of China, and Ambassador David Y.L. Lin, Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, but also visited Tuvaluan students attending vocational training courses at Taichung’s Workforce Development Agency and the Tuvalu Tourism Booth at the 2014 Taipei International Travel Fair. The Governor General’s visit to Taiwan also entailed a whirlwind tour of the island, during which the visiting delegation from Tuvalu traveled to Yilan, Taichung, Keelung, and Taoyuan and paid special visits to the Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, the Speedtech Energy Company, and the TaiwanICDF.

The delegation’s trip to Taiwan also featured a visit to the Embassy of Tuvalu in the R.O.C. (Taiwan) at Tianmu’s Diplomatic Quarter and a presentation by artist Vincent J.F. Huang regarding artistic projects that can highlight Tuvalu’s environmental crises on an international scale.

2014年11月8至13日,吐瓦魯國總督依塔雷理閣下以及總督夫人郭琳女士、交通通訊部長拉法依、其他吐國政府官員、以及台灣駐吐大使萬家興及夫人一同訪問臺灣。吐國政府代表團在華時,吐國駐華大使陶敏德及大使夫人陶思靈隨同代表團出席所有訪問活動。

在華時,依塔雷理總督與其他吐國貴賓會晤中華民國總統馬英九以及中華民國外交部長林永樂;代表團還親自問候於勞動部勞動力發展署中彰投分署受職業訓練之吐瓦魯學員以及2014台北國際旅展之吐瓦魯攤位員工。總督及吐國代表團在華時亦周遊全國,赴宜蘭、臺中、基隆及桃園參訪中山醫學大學附設醫院、宣德能源股份有限公司,以及財團法人國際合作發展基金會。

此外,代表團亦至天母使館特區,視察吐瓦魯國駐華大使館,並會見臺灣藝術家黃瑞芳,了解其如何以藝術作品突顯吐國之環境危機。

The text of the speech the Governor-General delivered during his meeting with R.O.C. President Ma Ying-jeou is below:
總督會晤中華民國總統馬英九時所發表之致詞稿如下:

Governor General's Speech (總督致詞稿)