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Remarks by Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu at the flag presentation ceremony for the 2023 International Youth Ambassadors program

  • Data Source:Department of NGO International Affairs
  • Date:2023-08-31

Jaushieh Joseph Wu
 Minister of Foreign Affairs 
 Republic of China (Taiwan)
 August 31, 2023
(As Prepared for Delivery)

Good afternoon!

On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), I would like to congratulate all of the participants for completing the last two weeks of intensive training. In two days’ time, you will be heading for our Caribbean ally Saint Lucia to undertake an important mission for Taiwan. Through your hard work and creativity, you will surely foster greater awareness of Taiwan among the people of Saint Lucia and further strengthen our bilateral relations. I also extend my gratitude to Ambassador Lewis for taking the time to introduce your beautiful country to the youth ambassadors, preparing them for what lies ahead. 

MOFA launched the International Youth Ambassadors program in 2009. Since then, we have trained more than 1,800 youth ambassadors. To make it even more special, this year we have worked with the Ministry of Labor to recruit four young and upcoming stars of the culinary world to join the delegation. Thank you, Minister Hsu, for supporting the program and recommending these wonderful young people. We cannot wait to see them show off their talents in Saint Lucia. 

Saint Lucia is a very beautiful island country renowned for its mountainous landscapes, ocean scenery, and diverse ecosystems. Both Taiwan and Saint Lucia hold young people in high regard, recognizing their importance to national growth and prosperity. “Youth Innovation, Taiwan and Saint Lucia Take Action” is therefore the theme of this year’s program. Throughout your visit, you will have the opportunity to engage with government officials, young local leaders, and individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. And each of you will help cultivate the friendship between our two countries. I trust that you will represent our country well in Saint Lucia, but please remember to come back. 

Finally, I would like to thank everyone for your commitment to this meaningful program. Being a youth ambassador will be challenging, but I assure you that it will be a rewarding experience. May you all have a fulfilling and meaningful journey! Thank you.