UK lawmakers to get Taiwan-style schooling on transportation facilities
CNATAIPEI -- A group of UK parliamentarians are visiting Taiwan to learn more about the development of the country's transport infrastructure, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.
September 5, 2013, 12:33 am TWN
John Leech, chair of All-Party Parliamentary Light Rail Group in the UK Parliament, and five other lawmakers — Iain Stewart, Ronnie Campbell, Stephen Hepburn, Mike Crockart and Jim McGovern — are on a weeklong visit that will wrap up Sept. 9, the ministry said in a statement.
The group was scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou and call on officials of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, as well as Legislator Yang Li-huan, chair of the Legislature's Transportation Committee, the ministry said.
They are also scheduled to visit facilities such as the mass rapid transit systems in Taipei and Kaohsiung, as well as the Taiwan High Speed Rail, to learn more about transport infrastructure construction in Taiwan, it added.
The visit by the parliamentarians, which is being sponsored by the Foreign Ministry, comes at a time when the UK government is planning a new high-speed rail network serving London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
The parliamentarians are mostly from constituencies through which the line is expected to pass, the ministry said.
Their itinerary includes a visit to the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) in Taipei to learn more about the development of Taiwan-China ties, the ministry said. The SEF is the quasi-official organization authorized by the government to handle China affairs in the absence of official ties.
The visit will help strengthen bilateral ties, according to the ministry.