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Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Somaliland held its opening ceremony on the 1st of December 2020 in the headquarter located in Hargeisa. H. E. Ambassador Allen C. Lou, Representative of Taiwan Representative Office in the Republic of Somaliland, and Hon. Liban Yusuf Osman, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, jointly opened the office and witnessed the co-signing of the implementing arrangement of the Maternal and Infant Health Improvement Project by Dr. Mohammed Abdi Gereye, Director General of Ministry of Health Development, and Mr. Mars Shiue, Leader of Taiwan Technical Mission. Colleagues from collaborating Ministries and Hargeisa Group Hospital joined this function.

Today’s opening ceremony was the follow-up of the signing of the Technical Cooperation Framework Agreement by Hon. Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu, Foreign Minister of the ROC (Taiwan) and Hon. Yasin Hagi Mohamoud, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Somaliland on 17 August 2020. Taiwan Representative Office in Hargeisa also convened a related virtual conference on 16th November 2020 in the theme of “Maternal and Infant Health Care Improvement Project and sharing experience in fighting COVID-19”. All these efforts are the reflection of Taiwan’s strong will to uplift Somaliland’s healthcare capability through the bilateral cooperation between Taiwan and Somaliland.

Pursuant to the above-mentioned Technical Cooperation Framework Agreement and the fact-finding surveys since last February.  Taiwan and Somaliland reach the consensus to implement the following three cooperation projects: the project collaborating with the Ministry of Health Development on Maternal and Infant Health Care Improvement Project; the project collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture Development of Improving Vegetable and Fruits Production and Quality Improvement Project; and the project collaborating with Ministry of Information and Technology of Enhancing the e-Government Capability in Somaliland. All these projects will commence on 1st January 2021.

In today’s ceremony participants also witnessed the signing of the Healthcare Implementing Arrangement which is important to secure the budget for healthcare cooperation in a transparent and accountable manner. It is scheduled to sign the ICT Implementing Arrangement and Agriculture Implementing Arrangement accordingly by the end of December 2020.

The opening ceremony is the symbol of Taiwan’s strong will to work with like-minded partners and natural allies to implement the cooperation projects in Somaliland.

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