Tuvalu's Prime Minister H.E. Enele Sosene Sopoaga Visits the Republic of China (Taiwan)/吐瓦魯總理索本嘉閣下訪問中華民國 / by Minute Taupo

Photo credit: CNA News

Photo credit: CNA News

From 25th to 29th January, 2015, H.E. Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, was accompanied by his wife Madame Salilo Enele Sopoaga; Minister of Education, Youths and Sports Honorable Fauoa Maani; Parliamentarian Honorable Satini Tulaga Manuella; 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.

During their trip, Prime Minister Sopoaga 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 Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Council of Indigenous Peoples, and Fisheries Agency. The Prime Minister’s visit to Taiwan also entailed a tour of the island, during which the visiting delegation traveled to Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung and paid special visits to the Ching Fu Group, 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, R.O.C. (Taiwan) at Tianmu’s Diplomatic Quarter. Additionally, Tuvaluan students studying abroad in Taiwan were invited to dine with the Prime Minister and his delegation on 25th January, 2015, the first day of the Prime Minister’s trip to Taiwan.  

2015年1月25至29日,吐瓦魯國總理索本嘉閣下以及總理夫人莎莉蘿女士,教育、青年暨體育部長曼阿尼,國會議員馬努業,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,索本嘉總理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;代表團還拜會中華民國外交部、原住民族委員會以及行政院農委會漁業署。總理及吐國代表團在華時足跡亦遍及全台各地,赴桃園、臺中、臺南及高雄參訪慶富集團、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。總理及代表團來台灣的第一天(2015年1月25日)還邀請留華的吐瓦魯學生在台北海鮮餐廳共進晚餐。