On the 19th of January 2022, Secretary-General Julie Bynens of Flanders Chancellery and Foreign Office and Deputy Minister of the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Harry Ho-Jen Tseng signed the new overarching Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between Flanders and Taiwan.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the signing ceremony took place in a hybrid manner, with a mix of physical and virtual attendance. The Flemish delegation, led by Secretary-General Julie Bynens, and the Taiwanese delegation, led by Representative Ming-Yen Tsai of the Taipei Representative Office in Brussels, met at the Errera House for the ceremony, and the Taiwanese officials in Taipei dialed in via Microsoft Teams.
Flanders and Taiwan already had six MoUs and agreements in progress. To further strengthen bilateral cooperation and relations, it was decided to establish one MoU which brings all these pre-existing MoUs together.
This overarching MoU provides a framework for cooperation in the fields of education, public health and welfare, environmental policy, innovation and clean technologies, business and investment, employment and vocational training, science, and renewable energy.
The MoU also declares that a biennial Joint Commission will be established to discuss and improve the cooperation.
The new overarching MoU between Flanders and Taiwan of January 19th 2022 can be found here: pdf fileTaiwan_MoU.pdf (159 KB)