MOFA Department of NGO International Affairs Promotes Humanitarian Diplomacy Along the Border of Thailand and Myanmar
Director-General of Department of NGO International Affairs, Scott Lai led a delegate team to Mae Sot attending the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Thailand-Myanmar Border Refugee Camp.
Director-General of Department of NGO International Affairs, MOFA, Scott Lai led a delegate team along with members of the Tzu Chi Foundation Thailand branch to Mae Sot, Tak Province, Thailand to attend the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Thailand-Myanmar Border Refugee Camp from October 28 to 30. Representatives from MOFA pointed out that Taiwan is willing to jointly promote international humanitarian medical and rescue actions to demonstrate the Taiwanese values of humanity and benevolence in cooperation with civilian power.
In addition to observing aid projects from Taiwan, delegates also discussed strategies regarding the living standard of border immigrants with major donor representatives of the Border Consortium.
MOFA signed a cooperation project with the Border Consortium on October 30 and attended a seminar on border refugee issues and the 35th anniversary event of the founding of the border refugee camp. Delegates exchanged and shared experiences with delegates from the USA, Canada, Australia, and Norway governments and international humanitarian organizations with the expectation of carrying out linkage and cooperation with near-minded countries on humanitarian aid in the future.
While having exchanges with other nations, Scott Lai explained that Taiwan has been aggressively promoting international aid. Many Taiwanese charity organizations and medical personnel have annually carried out short-term medical and caring services in northern Thailand and at the Thailand-Myanmar border. The MOFA and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand are willing to collaborate with civilian power to jointly carry out humanitarian medical aid actions to demonstrate Taiwanese values of humanity and benevolence.
Starting from 2009, Taiwan has carried out humanitarian aid in cooperation with the Border Consortium. Through the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand, MOFA has donated six times with a total of US$880,000 to carry out humanitarian aid projects and is the only Asian donor.
The Border Consortium, Executive Director, Ms. Sally Thompson stated that she is grateful for the long-term persistent support from the Taiwanese government. They will continue to deepen cooperation with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand for everyone to realize the benevolent actions from Taiwan.
MOFA signed a cooperation project with the Border Consortium on October 30.