The Foundation for International Cooperation and Development (CCICED) has always been an important promoter of Taiwan and its partner countries in the pursuit of sustainable development. Since 107, it has adopted the strategy of public, private and private partnership to connect domestic and foreign resources. The “2021 CCICED Development x Innovation x Sustainability Experiment Competition – Impact Frontier Lab”, launched for the first time this year (110), is the first innovative foreign aid accelerator in Taiwan. At the press conference for the launch of the competition on October 26, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yu Dazai, Head of the Diplomatic Corps in Taiwan St. Christopher and Nevis Ambassador to Taiwan H.E. Ambassador Jasmine Elise Huggins and a number of representatives in Taiwan All AIA ambassadors and others were invited to participate in the grand event. Together with CCICED, they emphasized the core value of “people-oriented” foreign aid. We should illuminate AIA with warmth and let the world see “Taiwan Can Help, Taiwan Is Helping”!
Deputy Minister Yu Daya and Ambassador Ha Jingsi echoed the four major demands of the competition in their speeches, and talked about “sustainability of economic development”, “sustainability of science and technology education”, “climate change and environmental sustainability” and “sustainability of rural and agricultural development”. continued” importance. In his speech, Deputy Minister Yu Daya said that in recent years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CCICED have also sought innovation and changes in foreign aid work. contribution to society. In her speech, Ambassador Ha Jingsi said that this is an exciting project that can encourage more innovative ideas and opportunities, and emphasized that in the challenging post-pandemic era, crisis is turning point. Therefore, the two and CCICED jointly invited enterprises, civil society groups and NGOs to propose innovative cooperation plans by November 12, encouraging all sectors to join hands with CCICED to overcome the uncertain post-COVID-19 pandemic. During the recovery period, let’s light up the way forward for AIA!
“Partnership for Progress and Sustainable Development” is the driving force of CCICED’s innovation and improvement. In order to build a bridge between Taiwan’s enterprises and civil society groups to the world, and to continue to export Taiwan’s influence, CCICED has been using new thinking in recent years. , to launch a new way of international cooperation. CCICED Secretary-General Xiang Tianyi shared the history of CCICED in establishing public-private partnerships at the launching ceremony, explaining that CCICED has changed from a foreign aid practitioner to a resource-linked role, and is now more proactive in facing challenges , through the three stages of practical workshops, transnational co-creation laboratories and international expert cooperation guidance, to guide and accompany domestic enterprises and groups to assist development through action, promote sustainability through cooperation, maximize limited resources, and through competition During the process of selecting partners with development potential, CCICED will invest an equal amount of matching funds according to the amount of the innovative proposal, and a maximum of 200,000 US dollars can be provided as a proposal landing bonus, so as to establish a foreign aid model and cooperation normality with Taiwan characteristics. Such innovations can have a positive impact.
Honduras: There is a huge gap between urban and rural areas in Honduras. Importing agricultural machinery to enhance agro-business efficiency and developing agro-products (such as avocado derivatives) and their markets are necessary for Honduras. In addition, Taiwanese enterprises and organizations have the potential to assist the rural economy by promoting the traditional and unique culture of Honduras, due to its indigenous culture, textiles, and pottery, which are attractive to international tourists.
Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis: The tourism industry is a keystone of the national development vision of St. Christopher and Nevis. However, tourism to the country is still underdeveloped. Taiwan has had a successful experience applying the cultural and creative industries to tourism over many years. Taiwanese enterprises are able to apply Taiwanese models to improve the processing techniques for agro-products and create brands with local features. In addition, they could also assist SMEs with the provision of loans or technologies.
Haiti: Charcoal is Haiti’s primary fuel, but the process of charcoal production continues to damage the forests. Even while the country’s forest coverage rate has fallen to 5%, Haitian’s still choose charcoal, causing significantly greater environmental damage, rather than using the higher-priced gas fuel. Rice is the main food crop in Haiti, and converting rice straw into biofuel is practical and has long been studied in Taiwan. It would be a remarkable and breakthrough if the techniques of converting rice straw into biomass fuels could be applied in Haiti.
Belize: Since many rural villages in Belize are far away from the main water pipelines, local water corporations are unable to extend their services to those places. However, according to the Belize National Weather Service, rainfall from June to November in Belize is enough to cover local use if a rainwater storage system is constructed in rural villages. The TaiwanICDF hopes Taiwanese enterprises and organizations can combine local infrastructure and water purification systems to improve the accessibility of clean water resources in Belize.
Saint Lucia: The TaiwanICDF is cooperating with the government of Saint Lucia on the Project for ICT in Education. However, the local primary and secondary schools as well as public libraries lack digital libraries and managerial systems, slowing the development of digital education and e-learning. Moreover, students’ written and artistic works are not effectively preserved or shared, an obstacle to the effective accumulation of experience and learning. There is a need for businesses and CSOs to find innovative solutions to these weaknesses.
Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis: The Saint Kitts and Nevis government is putting more emphasis on educational technology resources for local elementary and middle schools and is focusing especially on mathematics and applied science. By promoting informatization and digitalization, and equipping them with educational technologies and resources, the TaiwanICDF expects to help more students align with global trends and widen their horizons.
Guatemala: In Guatemala, indigenous women suffer from gender and racial inequality in work opportunities and wages. The Taiwanese enterprises and organizations could develop assistance in integrating community resources and lowering the barriers for women entrepreneurs with the provision of various gender-friendly business opportunities.
Paraguay: In response to COVID-19, Paraguay is improving digitalization among its industries. The TaiwanICDF has launched the Project to Strengthen Capacity to Support Development of MSMEs in Paraguay, in order to expand and accelerate the growth of the fashion industry and its development. The TaiwanICDF encourages Taiwanese enterprises and organizations to bring over more digital resources and virtual tools, such as virtual fitting rooms and other marketing tools for a better online consumer experience.