BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
EIGHTY-SIX young leaders from the Asia Pacific region has gathered in Taipei for a 10-day seminar on leadership.
Following the successful event last year, this year Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has once again hosted the 2018 Taiwan Study Camp for future leaders from the Asia Pacific.
The seminar convened 86 leaders from across Asia Pacific who came from government and private sectors to learn about Taiwan’s politics and culture through presentation and tour trips.
Among the 86 participants are six Solomon Islanders with three representative from government sector and three from private sectors.
According to Taiwan’s MOFA, the Taiwan Study Camp for Future leaders is a platform initiated to engaged young leaders across the Asia Pacific as an opportunity to learn about Taiwan’s historical culture and its successful stories.
It also said one important aspect about such initiative is it will help promoting Taiwan’s democracy and cultural diplomacy across Asia Pacific region.
Following that, MOFA also said the reason behind hosting the seminar is basically for 86 participants to cultivate perspectives, increase knowledge of Taiwan and foster friendship among participants.
Team Leader for Solomon Islands delegation, Mr Dennis Marita, Director for Culture Division of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said, he hope the seminar will benefits individual Solomon Islands representatives.
He said they will go through segments of seminars and interaction activities relate to leadership which is a takeaway for them to utilize at their respective workplace.
With the programme, Maritia said it offers an opportunity not only for Solomon Islands but other participants across the Asia Pacific region to learn about Taiwan. An example is its transition period from agriculture.
As a representative from private sector particularly churches, Mr Harrison Oldom from the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) said he was excited that the event is offering an opportunity to learn about Taiwan diplomacy and to create network with other Asia Pacific countries.
He adds that such platform brings potential young leaders in different sectors across Asia Pacific which will boost leadership for the development of young people in churches or Solomon Islands as whole.
The 10 days seminar is built under a theme that includes Taiwan’s political and economic development’s effort to reduce energy use, carbon emissions, environmental protection and epidemic prevention.
Not only that, participants also have the opportunity to learn how Taiwanese relate to their local cuisine as well as visiting Taiwan’s most natural scenery.
The seminar commenced on Thursday 15 at the MOFA Head Quarter. The first-day was a presentation on Diplomacy Policy in Taiwan and Green Energy Technology Industry and Climate Change Policy in Taiwan.
Participants also visited Academic Sinica: Institute of Earth Science Research Centre for Environmental Changes.