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Foreign Ministry Kicks off '2017 International Youth Ambassadors Exchange Program'
Vice Minister Chen-jan Lee presided over the press conference kicking off the "2017 International Youth Ambassadors Exchange Program". Vice Minister Lee welcomed all of Taiwan's college students to participate in the selection of the International Youth Ambassadors.
The press conference was held at 9:00 am on April 17. Vice Minister Lee introduced the key points at the press conference.
The speech of Vice Minister Lee focused on the subject of "Taiwan's New Generation Aspires for New Southbound Policy" for which the ministry will select 75 International Youth Ambassadors who will be divided into three delegations to visit the India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. Each delegation will visit two nations.
The International Youth Ambassadors will exchange their opinions with the think tanks of the universities of visited countries, offer volunteer work for communities and charity organizations. It is expected that Taiwan's college students could have more thorough understanding of the political, social, and cultural situations of the visited countries. The visits are also designed for delivering Taiwan's care for the international community and the training of young talents for carrying out the New Southbound Policy.
In order to provide the opportunities for the citizens of foreign countries to understand the multiple aspects of Taiwan's culture and engage in in-depth exchange with our international friends, the delegations will give small-scale performances which will be different from the large-scale performances given by the Youth Ambassadors in the past. This year a team of Youth Ambassadors with special artistic and culture-related talents will be selected. During the selection and training processes, experts and teachers of related fields will be invited to provide their guidance. Thus, the Foreign Ministry welcomes talented youths of indigenous and Hakka origins to enroll in the selection process.
A number of officials from Southeast Asian countries were also invited to attend the press conference. Angelito T. Banayo, Chairman and Resident Representative of Manila Economic and Cultural Office said that member nations of ASEAN welcome Taiwan's New Southbound Policy which is intended for promoting relationships with the neighboring countries south of Taiwan. Of all Southeast Asian countries, the Philippines is located nearest to Taiwan. The visit of the International Youth Ambassadors to the Philippines helps promoting the interchange between the citizens of the two countries, facilitating the understanding among the citizens of the Philippines of the friendship and warmth of the citizens of Taiwan. The visit will also let Taiwan's youths have deeper understanding of the Philippines and better interchange between the youths of the two nations.
The International Youth Ambassadors of last year were invited to share their overseas interchange experience at the press conference as an encouragement for Taiwan's other youths to join their ranks and fulfill their dreams for serving the international community.
The Foreign Ministry welcome college students to apply for the position of International Youth Ambassadors. The selection process will be conducted in fair, just, and open mechanism. Those applicants who are qualified will receive intensive training during the summer vocation and depart for foreign countries in late August.
Application for the International Youth Ambassadors starts on May 15. The Foreign Ministry will send representatives to Taiwan's colleges to promote this program and encourage students to apply.
For information about the program, visit www.youthtaiwan.net, or call (03)3507001 ext. 3300 for speaking to Ms. Zhang in charge of the program.
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