On September 28, under the witness of Paraguayan President Abdo, CCICED, my country's foreign aid agency, signed a contract with Paraguay's "Financial Development Agency" (AFD) to promote the $5 million "Women's Micro and Medium-Sized Enterprise Credit Guarantee Fund" (FOGAMU) cooperation plan .
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[Reporter Lu Yixuan/Taipei Report] The Financial Times reported that President Mario Abdo Benítez of Taiwan's friendly country Paraguay hopes that Taiwan will invest US$1 billion (about NT$31.8 billion) in Paraguay to resist Beijing's pressure, "This will help Our argument for establishing a strategic alliance with Taiwan," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded today.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Paraguayan Foreign Minister Julio César Arriola Ramírez told Chinese Ambassador Han Zhizheng in a special report that the President emphasized that Paraguay has an excellent investment environment and hopes that Taiwanese businessmen will use this to enter South America.
The Paraguayan government attaches great importance to the diplomatic relations and cooperation between the two countries. The relationship between the two countries is based on common values and ideas, and there are no exchange conditions.
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Abdul was interviewed by the Financial Times as he traveled to New York to attend the UN General Assembly.
Talking about relations with Taiwan, Abdo said, "We are cooperating with the president of Taiwan ... so that the Paraguayan people can feel the real benefits of establishing a strategic alliance." He bluntly stated that Taiwan's investment in non-diplomatic countries exceeds 6 billion US dollar, "We want to have a billion dollars invested in Paraguay".
The report pointed out that Paraguay, the world's leading exporter of soybeans and beef, was dismayed by China's rejection of imports because of its diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ou Jiang'an said at a regular meeting today that Paraguay's Foreign Minister Ariola made a special clarification to Chinese Ambassador to Paraguay, Han Zhizheng, in this exclusive interview, stating that the Paraguayan government attaches great importance to the diplomatic relations and cooperation between the two countries, and also emphasizes that the relationship between the two countries is based on There are no exchange conditions for common values and ideas.
In the exclusive interview, President Abdul emphasized that Paraguay's investment conditions are very good, and he hopes that Taiwanese businessmen will enter the South American market through Paraguay's investment, which is of great significance for the establishment of a strategic partnership between Taiwan and Paraguay.
In the exclusive interview, the President also reiterated that the friendship between the two countries will not change during his tenure.
Ou Jiangan said that Abdul is a strong supporter of Taiwan's president. He also supported Taiwan in his speech at the UN General Assembly in September this year. He just attended the signing ceremony of the Credit Insurance Fund held at the Presidential Palace in Paraguay yesterday.
Regarding the economic and trade investment relationship with Paraguay, Ou Jiangan explained that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a business opportunity study group and an industrial cooperation intention expert study group to Paraguay this year. Paraguay is politically and economically stable, has a good investment environment, and is more sincere in strengthening investment and trade, hoping to achieve reciprocity. In a mutually beneficial and win-win situation, the Chinese government will continue to encourage Taiwanese businessmen to invest.
In addition, Ou Jiangan also mentioned that Taiwan also assists Paraguay in cultivating scientific and technological talents to promote industrial upgrading. Taiwan and Paraguay have opened the Taiwan-Pakistan University of Science and Technology since 2017, and have trained 400 outstanding Paraguayan youths.
It is believed that with the active deepening of cooperation and economic and trade exchanges between the two sides, Bangyi will continue to grow steadily in the future.
On September 28, Taiwan ICDF, my country's foreign aid agency, signed a contract with Paraguay's "Financial Development Agency" (AFD) to promote the $5 million "Women's Micro and Medium-Sized Enterprise Credit Guarantee Fund" (FOGAMU) cooperation project. painting.
This is the first time that Taiwan and the Paraguayan government have cooperated with the government of Paraguay on financial services and credit enhancement. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the CCICED, established a fund, which was managed by the Paraguayan Micro and Medium Enterprise Credit Insurance Fund (FOGAPY) under the Paraguayan AFD. Cooperative financial institutions provide credit guarantees and support financial institutions in applying for loans to female enterprises.