TAIPEI, 28 OCTOBER 2019 (MARSHALL ISLANDS GOVT/PACNEWS) — The Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) President Dr Hilda Heine led a delegation for a four-day working visit in the Republic of China (Taiwan).

President Heine, and the RMI delegation met with ROC (Taiwan) President Tsai Ing-Wen where they discussed areas of mutual interest.

President Heine reaffirmed the RMI’s commitment to enhancing the bilateral relations with ROC (Taiwan).

Subsequently Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade John Silk and Republic of China (Taiwan) Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu signed the Economic Cooperation Agreement between the Government of ROC (Taiwan) and the Government of the RMI.

The agreement recognises the catalytic role towards bilateral economic cooperation for accelerating trade and investment.

Under the agreement, the two sides will ensure sustainable development that seeks to protect and preserve the environment and to explore new areas of economy, trade and investment through various methods.

President Heine was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree by Fu Jen Catholic University.

The conferral symbolises the close ties and special friendship between the RMI and Republic of China (Taiwan.)

Following the ceremony, Minister of Natural Resources and Commerce Dennis Momotaro and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Chairman James Huang signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the RMI Office of Commerce, Investment and Tourism and TAITRA.

The MOU will promote trade and economic development of the private and public sectors of the RMI and ROC (Taiwan.)

During the working visit there was a dinner hosted by ROC (Taiwan) Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Joseph Wu.

President Heine also visited ROC (Taiwan) cultural centers and museums.

Other events included a signing ceremony for the establishment of sister cities and memorandum of understanding, and visits to cultural sites. (PACNEWS)