President looks to increased Taiwan presence in Africa

President Tsai Ing-wen delivered a speech at a dinner with Taiwanese living in southern Africa, part of her four-day visit to Swaziland. (Photo courtesy of CNA, 2018.4.18)

Mbabane, Swaziland, April 18 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Wednesday that Taiwan will not be absent in Africa and can make more contributions to Swaziland and elsewhere in Africa.

Tsai made the remarks at a dinner with Taiwanese living in southern Africa, part of her four-day visit to Swaziland.

Tsai said she and her delegation have witnessed the results of the business, medical and agricultural technology initiatives that Taiwan has undertaken in Swaziland and the efforts by Taiwan toward contributing to creating jobs and economic development in the country.

She also reiterated her idea of promoting greenhouse cultivation in Swaziland that she first broached during a meeting with Swaziland Queen Mother Ntombi Tfwala earlier that day.

Under the plan, Taiwan will choose four areas plagued by food scarcity and help 70 women in each of the areas to obtain agricultural skills from growing seedlings to production and marketing by offering professional training in order to help the country improve its farm economy and increase female labor force participation, according to Tsai.

“Taiwan will not be absent in Africa, Taiwan has the ability to make greater contributions to Swaziland and the whole of Africa,” the president said, adding that Taiwanese businesses should also proactively enter Africa, a market with considerable potential.

She also called for joint efforts by Taiwanese and the business community in Africa to help build closer and more friendly relations with countries in the continent.

President Tsai Ing-wen (third, right) was given a certificate of honor and medals from Swaziland King Mswati Ⅲ (left) at Lozitha Plaza. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

(By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao)