Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) Minister Wu Hsin-hsing travelled to France, the UK and the Netherlands September 5-9 where he visited Taiwanese-owned businesses, religious groups and overseas Chinese schools and held meetings with overseas compatriot honorary members, overseas compatriot community leaders and youth representatives. He listened to their recommendations to form consensus and explained government policy, strengthening the connection between people in Taiwan and overseas compatriots.
After arriving in France on September 5, Wu paid a visit to the France Service Center of the Tzu Chi Foundation and two Taiwanese-owned companies, AsiaLand and Victor France. He called on businessmen to help deepen the relationship between Taiwan and other countries. The next day, he visited the Federation of Taiwan Alumni Association, France in the 12th arrondissement of Paris and was warmly welcomed. He appreciated its contribution in terms of nurturing overseas compatriot youth and explained the government’s New Southbound Policy and the current situation of higher education in Taiwan. He then attended an overseas community affairs meeting held at the Bureau de Représentation de Taipei en France that some overseas compatriot honorary members, leaders and youth representatives joined in.
On September 7, Wu attended a dinner with Taiwanese business people in London, acquainting himself with the general situation of the Taiwanese-owned business investment in the UK. He later on visited London Indochinese Centre and London Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple. That evening, he attended a meeting with overseas compatriot honorary members and leaders, with more than 30 people in attendance. A wide range of opinions were exchanged on the subjects of overseas community affairs and domestic policy.
After his UK visit, Wu held a meeting at the Taipei Representative Office in the Netherlands with overseas compatriot leaders and youth representatives. He stated that overseas community affairs feature continuity and also innovation, hoping that compatriot groups can actively connect Taiwan and its overseas community, achieving the goal of overseas community affairs work of “unifying the overseas compatriots.” On September 9, he visited the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia) head office of Taiwan’s Delta Electronics Group, commending the company’s long-term attention to environmental protection and climate change.