Taiwan seeking ‘young ambassadors’ for South, Southeast Asia

Taipei, March 1 (CNA) Taiwan's government is seeking young people to be "ambassadors" to help promote its New Southbound Policy of building closer ties with countries in South and Southeast Asia, and will begin accepting applications for a recruitment program on Thursday.

Janet Chang (???), deputy head of the foreign ministry's Department of NGO International Affairs, said this year's program will recruit 75 Republic of China nationals aged 18 to 35 who are currently graduate or undergraduate students for a 10-day trip to targeted countries.

The program is aimed at enhancing people-to-people exchanges between Taiwan and the countries involved.

Divided into three groups, each with 25 people, the delegates will embark on a trip to countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Pacific regions, starting August, Chang said.

Chang added that the ministry has yet to decide which countries the delegates will be visiting this year. Last year's delegations toured India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Launched by the foreign ministry in 2009, the initiative seeks to broaden local youths' worldview and boost international awareness of Taiwan's culture and society.

According to the ministry, since its inception, the youth ambassador initiative has sent 164 groups of more than 1,400 students to almost 70 countries and territories around the world.

Applications are available for downloading at www.youthtaiwan.net and www.taiwanngo.tw. The deadline to apply is April 30.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel