Tuvalu’s Speaker of Parliament and Delegation Visit Taiwan for the 44th General Assembly of the Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union (APPU)/吐瓦魯國國會議長陶希與代表團訪華 參加第44屆亞洲太平洋國會議員聯合會大會 / by Minute Taupo

On 2nd August, 2014, a delegation from Tuvalu led by the Speaker of Tuvalu’s Parliament, Honorable Otinielu Tauteleimalae Tausi, arrived in Taiwan to attend the 44th Annual Conference of the Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union (APPU). The Speaker’s delegation also consisted of Honorable Namoliki Sualiki Neemia, Minister of Home Affairs and Rural Development; Honorable Leneuoti Maatusi, Minister of Health; and Ms. Lakaaga Uniuni, Assistant Clerk to Parliament. The delegation attended the 2014 APPU conference, which extended from 4th to 6th August, 2014, to discuss “Regional Cooperation for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation,” the theme of this year’s meeting, and presented a statement on Tuvalu’s disaster-management achievements, as well as the major threats posed to Tuvalu due to disaster hazards and climate change.

This year’s APPU conference was hosted by Honorable Jin-pyng Wang, President of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, and attended by Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou and President Anote Tong from the Republic of Kiribati. The conference was also attended by lawmakers from the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, and Vietnam.

While in Taiwan, the Speaker and his delegation also stopped at the Embassy of Tuvalu, R.O.C. on the morning of Monday 4th August, 2014 for a briefing on Embassy activities and objectives. Tuvaluan students studying abroad in Taiwan attended the briefing as well, which marked the official opening of the conference room at the Embassy’s new location in Tianmu’s Diplomatic Quarter.

2014年8月2日(日),由吐瓦魯國國會議長陶希帶領之吐瓦魯國代表團抵達臺灣,參加第44屆亞洲太平洋國會議員聯合會大會。除了議長之外,該代表團還包括吐瓦魯內政部部長蘇阿里奇、衛生部部長馬圖西以及議會書記鄔尼鄔尼女士。該代表團參加8月4至6日之第44屆亞洲太平洋國會議員聯合會大會,討論大會今年的主題「天然災害防治及減緩的區域合作」。因此,該代表團於會上針對吐瓦魯近年在災害管理方面的成績,以及天然災害與氣候變遷對吐瓦魯所造成的危機發表演講。

今年亞洲太平洋國會議員聯合會大會由中華民國立法院院長王金平主持;總統馬英九亦蒞臨大會致詞。此外,吉里巴斯共和國總統湯安諾以及馬紹爾群島、諾魯、帛琉、索羅門群島、斐濟、日本、馬來西亞、密克羅尼西亞聯邦、蒙古共和國、巴布亞紐幾內亞獨立國以及越南等國家之國會議員皆出席本次大會。

此外,吐瓦魯議長與代表團訪華時,於2014年8月4日(一)早上拜訪吐瓦魯國駐華大使館,聆聽陶敏德大使報告大使館最近的成就與目標。留華的吐瓦魯學生亦參加本次活動,與議長同席聆聽大使報告。該行程為吐瓦魯國駐華大使館遷移至天母使館特區後,大使首次招待吐瓦魯國政府派來之官員。

 

Pictures of the delegation’s visit to the Embassy of Tuvalu, R.O.C., as well as text of the delegation’s statement at the 2014 APPU conference can be found below:

吐瓦魯國議長與代表團參觀吐瓦魯駐華大使館之照片,以及代表團第44屆亞洲太平洋國會議員聯合會大會演講稿如下:

APPU Statement (演講稿)

Ambassador Taupo's Presentation/陶敏德大使

Ambassador Taupo's Presentation/陶敏德大使

Hon. Leneuoti Maatusi, Minister of Health/衛生部部長馬圖西

Hon. Leneuoti Maatusi, Minister of Health/衛生部部長馬圖西

Hon. Otinielu Tauteleimalae Tausi, Speaker of Parliament, and Hon. Namoliki Sualiki Neemia, Minister of Home Affairs and Rural Development/吐瓦魯國國會議長陶希與內政部部長蘇阿里奇

Hon. Otinielu Tauteleimalae Tausi, Speaker of Parliament, and Hon. Namoliki Sualiki Neemia, Minister of Home Affairs and Rural Development/吐瓦魯國國會議長陶希與內政部部長蘇阿里奇

Hon. Otinielu Tauteleimalae Tausi/吐瓦魯國國會議長陶希

Hon. Otinielu Tauteleimalae Tausi/吐瓦魯國國會議長陶希

Hon. Namoliki Sualiki Neemia/內政部部長蘇阿里奇

Hon. Namoliki Sualiki Neemia/內政部部長蘇阿里奇

Hon. Leneuoti Maatusi/衛生部部長馬圖西

Hon. Leneuoti Maatusi/衛生部部長馬圖西

H.E. Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo/陶敏德大使

H.E. Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo/陶敏德大使

Ms. Lakaaga Uniuni, Assitant Clerk to Parliament/議會書記鄔尼鄔尼女士

Ms. Lakaaga Uniuni, Assitant Clerk to Parliament/議會書記鄔尼鄔尼女士