Friendly Diplomacy, the Fruitful Journey of Senegal / 塞內加爾 親善外交豐富之旅
The Mayor of Kaohsiung City, Frank Chang-ting Hsieh, on behalf of President Chen Shui-Bian attended the 52nd annual Liberal International Conference on October 20th. The conference was held in the West African state of Senegal, afterwards he met with the Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade, and was keen to promote Taiwan's democratic achievements.
Mayor Hsieh stayed on in Daka, the Senegal capital, until October 25th, where he represented President Chen in a visit to the Taiwanese Embassy in Senegal. He also met with Taiwanese agricultural technicians to express appreciation for enhancing the substantive bilateral relations between Taiwan and Senegal.
In addition, Mayor Hsieh led a delegation, accompanied by the officials of Kaohsiung City Government, and signed up to an agreement on fishery cooperation. Represented by Ko Tsung-Ting, Director-General of the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau between Kaohsiung Chichin Port and Senegal Daka Port. Moreover, Mayor Hsieh invited the famous Senegal National Dancing Group to perform at Kaohsiung International Container Arts Festival, and this proposal has been sanctioned by President Wade.
The Liberal International Conference is attended by more than 80 democratic parties in 63 countries around the world. This is also the first time that Taiwan has formally attended this international conference as a member of the union. Senegal President Wade, one of three active African leaders, has emphasized to Mayor Hsieh that he is in support of Taiwan to join the United Nations and also wishes to stimulate the relationship among Taiwan and other international organizations.
Mayor Hsieh, on behalf of President Chen Shui-Bian, invited members from the Liberal International Conference to attend the meeting, which will be hosted in Asia next March. Mayor Hsieh also invited the members to visit Kaohsiung, the significant industrial and business center with a richness of culture.
Apart from establishing a friendly diplomacy, Mayor Hsieh also witnessed the agreement of fishery cooperation that is signed once every two years between Kaohsiung Chichin Port and Senegal Daka Port. Due to the geographic similarities, Senegal Daka Port is able to function as a fishing base for Taiwanese fishing boats. This saves great expense in terms of both time and finance for the Taiwanese fleet, as they can use Daka as an alternative to Cape Town Port in South Africa. The agreement is to ensure that the benefits of the agreement are equally mutually beneficial, and support interaction within the various fishing regions.