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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at MOU Post-Signing Ceremony

  November 7, 2022

Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at MOU Post-Signing Ceremony

(As Delivered)

Foreign Minister Wu, Secretary General Hsiang, fellow representatives, friends, I am honored to be here today with you to celebrate the signing of this development assistance and humanitarian cooperation MOU.

This MOU is a testament to the continued expansion of both the breadth and depth of ties between the United States and Taiwan.

Taiwan is a trusted friend and partner. We applaud Taiwan’s contributions to the international community.  In times of distress or disaster, the United States has been fortunate to work with reliable partners including Taiwan to provide assistance and relief.

Whether dealing with the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic or sharing its extensive experience in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, Taiwan has shown time and time again that it is willing and able to share its expertise and help those who are in need.

We are proud to work with Taiwan on development cooperation. This MOU will enable our experts to work together on projects and programs to build capacity and bolster economic resilience around the world.

For example, USAID and ICDF will provide support for market access and product diversification for micro, small, and medium size businesses in Paraguay. Across the Pacific Islands, the United States and Taiwan will award grants to enhance climate and disaster resilience through our joint Pacific American Fund.

We look forward to continued engagement with Taiwan and other likeminded partners on development cooperation and humanitarian assistance as we work together to address these shared global challenges.  Thank you!

Read the MOU at https://www.ait.org.tw/ait-tecro-agreements/#international-development.