Tsai hoping to send business group to visit Central America
Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Jan. 8 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen said after arriving in Honduras on Sunday that she plans to help Taiwanese companies form a group to visit diplomatic allies in Central America annually starting this year.
Tsai said the two countries need to promote trade with each other and the rest of the world, and she hoped business representatives in her delegation can find economic and development opportunities during this visit and in the future.
Both Taiwan and Honduras face economic transformation challenges, Tsai said, noting that Honduras is promoting investment aimed at employing more workers while Taiwan is promoting innovative and startup industries.
The president said, meanwhile, that her Central American visit is to show Taiwanese determination to connect with the rest of the world, despite the difficulties ahead.
Tsai arrived in the Central American country on Sunday afternoon and was welcomed at the airport by Honduran First Vice President Ricardo Alvarez Arias.
She then visited an exhibition of achievements from a bilateral project called "One Town, One Product" in Tegucigalpa, with Honduran Economics Minister Arnaldo Castillo Figueroa and a daughter of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez in attendance.
Tsai said more than 300 young Hondurans have studied in Taiwan through the Taiwan Scholarship Program, and she hoped they can help strengthen the relations and interactions between the two countries.
Figueroa said this was Tsai's first visit to Honduras, and he hoped she could visit every year, while also suggesting that Taiwan provide fellowship opportunities in medicine.
Tsai said she still had a deep impression of President Hernandez jogging in Daan Forest Park and taking the Taipei Metro during a visit to Taiwan months ago, and she hoped to have chance to experience ordinary people's lives in Honduras.
The Republic of China and Honduras became diplomatic allies in 1941 and the two countries celebrated 75 years of diplomatic relations last year.
Tsai will head to Nicaragua on Monday and then visit Guatemala and El Salvador before returning to Taiwan with a stopover in San Francisco en route. Tsai started the nine-day trip on Jan. 7. (Courtesy of CNA)