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Taiwan to send 'agriculture ambassadors' to Philippines, Indonesia

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan will send "agriculture youth ambassadors" to the Philippines and Indonesia in an effort to promote bilateral exchanges under the "New Southbound Policy," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

The ministry said it is organizing the new program in partnership with the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture to strengthen cooperation in agriculture with Southeast Asian countries.

Under the program, 30 young adults will be selected and sent to the two countries in mid-September on a weeklong visit, the ministry said.

Half will be sent to the Philippines and the other 15 to Indonesia, it added.

Taiwanese citizens aged from 18-35 are eligible to sign up for the program, the deadline for which is July 15. The results of the selection process will be announced at a later date, the ministry said.

The focal demographic for the program includes university students studying agriculture-related subjects and others with experience in agriculture, according to the ministry.

The program seeks to help Taiwanese youth develop international connections and share Taiwan's advanced agricultural technology with other countries, in an effort to promote agricultural exchanges under the "New Southbound Policy," the ministry said.

Adopted by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the policy seeks to advance relations with countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

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