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.
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: