Taiwan provides tailor-made development aid: president

Taipei, Taiwan is able to provide high-quality aid to assist the specific development needs of developing countries because it possess considerable expertise, talent and experience, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Wednesday.

While receiving Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arevalo, secretary-general of the Central American Integration System (SICA), at the Presidential Office, Tsai likened Taiwan to "a highly-skilled garment maker capable of tailoring work to each friend's specific needs."

Since the establishment of SICA in 1992, it has jointly implemented more than 120 development projects with Taiwan, Tsai said. "SICA has been a staunch partner of Taiwan over the past 26 years."

Taiwan attaches great importance to its friendship with SICA which shares the same universal values, the president said.

Tsai commended Cerezo for his contribution to peace in the region when serving as president of Guatemala from 1986-1991, a reference to his role in facilitating the signing of two Esquipulas Peace Agreements which settled military conflicts that had plagued Central America.

Since being appointed SICA secretary-general in June 2017, Cerezo has focused on strengthening regional integration and drawing investment into infrastructure projects, which has earned him international praise, Tsai said, expressing Taiwan's willingness to contribute to the realization of his vision.

Tsai said the development aid Taiwan has provided to its diplomatic allies and other developing countries through overseas technical missions is not like a factory where clothing is mass produced.

Rather, Taiwan has tailored its aid to better meet the needs of each country, providing development assistance in such areas as agricultural productivity and the training of medical professionals, with positive benefits for the recipient countries, Tsai said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel