BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
HONIARA is expected to receive 28 Taiwanese youth ambassadors this week for an exchange programme.
The 2018 Youth Ambassadors of the Republic of China (Taiwan) comprises of 28-members youth group who will be visiting Solomon Islands from August 28—September 1 to engage in youth exchange programmes.
The Youth Ambassadors Exchange Programme is run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of ROC (Taiwan) which is an important part of the government’s efforts to promote public diplomacy and help Taiwanese youth participate in international affairs.
This year’s programme has four main pillars such as seminars and forums, volunteer work, various visits, and cultural diplomacy, which will allow for an even more immersive experience than in previous years.
The youth ambassadors will also put on artistic performances.
The highlights of this year’s youth exchange program include the culture performance, joined with Betikama College, St Nicholas College and St Joseph’s Tenaru School, at Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Maranatha Hall.
According to the Taiwan Embassy in Solomon Islands, the event is free and open to the public on the principal of “first comes, first served” due to limited space.
Embassy said public is encouraged to arrive 20 minutes in advance of the scheduled time.
During their stay here, the ROC (Taiwan) youth group will also call in at the Prime Minister’s Office, and pay a visit to the Solomon Islands National Parliament.
It said their goodwill visit will further strengthen the long-standing friendship and diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Solomon Islands.
The Embassy adds, the Youth Ambassadors will get to know Solomon Islands and its political, cultural, academic, and development institutions.
There will also visit to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, JICA, Solomon Islands National University, Red Cross’s Special Development Centre, as well as the Taiwan Technical Mission.