British parliamentary delegation visits Taiwan
Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) A delegation of parliamentarians from the United Kingdom Parliament is on a one-week visit to Taiwan to learn more about its economic development strategies and government's policies, among other matters, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wednesday.
The 10-member delegation, headed by Nigel Evans, a member of the House of Commons and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary British Taiwanese Group, and is visiting from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, the MOFA said in a statement.
Among the areas of interest to the delegation are the policies of the Taiwan government, the current state of relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, and Taiwan's economic development strategies, the ministry said.
The parliamentarians are also looking at the development of small and medium enterprises in Taiwan, the country's health care and health insurance systems and local government operations, the MOFA said.
The visiting members of parliament include Stephen Gilbert, known as Baron Gilbert of Panteg, who is a member of the House of Lords; and members of the House of Commons Desmond Swayne, Bob Stewart, Jack Lopresti, Henry Smith, Andrea Jenkyns, and Scott Mann.
According to the MOFA, Taiwan and Britain maintain close interaction and cooperation in the areas of economy and trade, mutual legal assistance, tourism and travel, and youth exchanges.
Britain ranked as Taiwan's third largest trading partner in Europe last year, with bilateral trade reaching US$5.6 billion, the ministry said. (Courtesy of CNA)