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TAIWAN DONATES E10M FOR FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

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MBABANE - The Republic of China (Taiwan) has donated E10 million to the country towards the fight against the coronavirus.

The donation was made by the Ambassador, Jeremy Liang, at the Cabinet Offices yesterday. When presenting the donation to the deputy prime minister, the ambassador stated that they knew what it was like to fight a pandemic as they had a similar experience before.

Epidemic

He highlighted that they were attacked by an epidemic called SARS which is an acronym for severe acute respiratory syndrome. “Having recognised the magnitude of COVID-19, His Majesty King Mswati III made a very timely decision to cancel his birthday celebration and prioritise the lives of emaSwati in the process,” he said. The ambassador mentioned that in their country, they were able to control the virus and would share their expertise and experience to help the country to fight the virus. He said their country stood shoulder to shoulder with the country in fighting the virus. Receiving the donation, the Deputy Prime Minister, Themba Masuku, said they were aware that the assistance would be additional to the provision of testing kits, protective clothing, masks and other equipment related to the nation’s concerted effort in combating the virus.

Consistent

He mentioned that Taiwan remained the country’s long standing, committed and consistent co-operation partner,  working hand-in-hand with the people of Eswatini throughout the 52-year bilateral and diplomatic partnership to realise the nation’s socio-economic ambitions in the areas of agriculture, education, health care, financial inclusion, energy and infrastructure.
“I wish to acknowledge with unreserved gratitude the commitment of Taiwan to the principle of people centred, development responsive, priority driven interventions, such as this one and implore the continued engagement by our two countries in other far reaching and mutually reinforcing areas of co-operation,” he said.

Leadership

Masuku stated that the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) had shown meticulous leadership and commendable resilience to contain and control the spread of the coronavirus outbreak since it gained prominence in December 2019. “The entire world has a leaf to take out of the book of best practice from Taiwan in dealing with public health emergencies and we hope that this experience will be the much needed catalyst that will see Taiwan included in a meaningful way in international organisation such as the World Health Organisation, where collective responsibility is the global standard,” remarked Masuku. After the presentation, the DPM handed the cheque over to the Chairperson of the Resource Mobilisation Team, Dr Phil Mnisi.

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