Hon. Namoliki Sualiki Neemia, Minister of Home Affairs and Rural Development Visits Taiwan and Participates 2018 Austronesian Forum/內政暨鄉村發展部倪米亞部長訪臺出席「2018年南島民族論壇」 / by Minute Taupo

Hon. Namoliki Sualiki Neemia, Minister of Home Affairs and Rural Development was invited to participate 2018 Austronesian Forum and a series of events from 31st July to 4th August, 2018 by Council of Indigenous People, Republic of China (Taiwan).

This year, Austronesian Forum drew leaders of state and envoys of 13 countries and areas in Pacific region, including Tuvalu, Taiwan, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Solomon Islands, Nauru, Palau, New Zealand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as the United States' territory of Guam and the U.S. state of Hawaii.

Republic of China (Taiwan) President H.E. Dr. Tsai Ing-Wen delivered the opening remarks and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu, Council of Indigenous Peoples Minister Icyang Parod and Secretary-General to the President Chen Chu, high profile Taiwanese government officials also attended the opening ceremony of the forum.

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Hon. Namoliki Sualiki Neemia with H.E. Ambassador Limasene Teatu and Mr. Martini Vailopa, Culture Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs and Rural Development enjoyed the performance from Taiwanese indigenous people in the opening ceremony and had fruitful discussion in the roundtable meeting with other delegates.

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 (Left) H.E. Ambassador Limasene Teatu, Hon. Namoliki Sualiki Neemia, Mr. Martini Vailopa, Culture Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs and Rural Development.

(Left) H.E. Ambassador Limasene Teatu, Hon. Namoliki Sualiki Neemia, Mr. Martini Vailopa, Culture Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs and Rural Development.

Following the meeting, the delegates were invited to Taitung and Hualien to experience Taiwanese indigenous people’s culture and life style through Rulakes Village and Cikep Village visit.

The Austronesian Forum, a platform for exchanges of Austronesian cultures had organized since 2002 and the Cabinet-level International Austronesian Conference had held every year since 2003. The conferences invite researchers in the field of Austronesian studies to discuss regional social developments, the inheritance of knowledge, education and culture, natural ecology and traditional territories and economic development, as well as tourism and cultural industries in the region.