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Major speeches

President Tsai and Haitian President Moïse conduct bilateral talks

2019-07-13

President Tsai and Haitian President Moïse conduct bilateral talks

I am very happy to be invited by President [Jovenel] Moïse to visit Haiti, the first stop on my first visit to Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Caribbean as president and delegation head. On behalf of the people of Taiwan, I convey sincere greetings to Taiwan's good friends in Haiti.

I also want to thank President and Mrs. Moïse for personally accompanying the delegation on their full agenda of activities. We both jointly presided over the opening ceremony of the Taiwan Product Exhibition, and toured some bilateral cooperation projects where we heard project briefings. Of special interest was a briefing on a joint project to upgrade the Haitian power grid. I also want to thank the Haitian government for their assistance, and the high-level courtesies the delegation has received.

President Moïse and I have exchanged views on matters of shared concern, and that the agenda was both quite full, and very gratifying.

In addition to the Taiwan Product Exhibition we saw earlier today and the project to upgrade the Haitian power grid, work done by the Taiwan Technical Mission in recent years has produced some outstanding rice strains that are well suited to the conditions in Haiti. This work has increased Haiti's rice production and helped them achieve food security, which is one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In addition to cooperation projects currently underway, we hope Taiwan can also share our experience in many other fields including infrastructure, agriculture, education, medical care, and economic and trade matters. We seek further cooperation in all these areas.

I am well aware of how urgently President Moïse feels the need for national development, and hope that Haiti can achieve greater social and political stability so that the economy can develop.

Taiwan, as Haiti's steadfast and long-time diplomatic ally, will continue to cooperate with Haiti and aid in its development. After this visit, hopefully Taiwan and Haiti can continue to deepen exchanges and achieve more success through cooperation.

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