France signs accord for training of civil servants


PARIS–Taiwan and France signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Paris Friday to have the European country provide training to senior Taiwanese civil servants and heads of local government agencies.

Taiwan’s representative to France, Michael Ching-lung Lu, acting on behalf of the country’s Civil Service Development Institute, signed the agreement with Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) or the National School of Administration.

The prestigious ENA, established in 1945, selects and trains senior government officials in France and produces about 100 graduates every year.

Max Brunner, deputy director of ENA’s international affairs division, said it was the first time his institute will provide civil service training to Taiwan, and he expected the deal to lay a good foundation for long-term cooperation between the two countries.

Brunner said he hoped the training courses under the cooperation program would be helpful to the trainees in enhancing their ability to serve their country.

Under the program, Taiwan’s government will regularly send officials to the institute for short-term training sessions.

After signing the MOU on Friday, Lu said he has been impressed by the deepening cooperation in bilateral ties between Taipei and Paris, in particular in the fields of culture, education and technology.