The federal government is to start recruiting conscripts for different service within the diplomatic corps, the place they’d help Taiwan’s overseas support program, the Worldwide Cooperation and Improvement Fund mentioned yesterday.
The fund is to just accept functions for its annual Taiwan Youth Abroad Service program till April 30, fund Deputy Secretary-Basic Stephen Lee (李志宏) advised a Ministry of Overseas Affairs information briefing.
The fund plans to recruit 87 individuals for this system, which is an alternative choice to obligatory service within the armed forces, Lee mentioned.
Picture: Worldwide Cooperation and Improvement Fund
The fund hopes to recruit conscripts specializing in agriculture, fisheries, healthcare, economics, overseas languages, commerce and communications know-how, in addition to in two new areas: industrial training and industrial administration, Lee mentioned.
Conscripts with video manufacturing abilities would even be welcome, he mentioned.
As soon as they’ve handed an interview and accomplished the required coaching, the conscripts can be despatched to international locations in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa or the Pacific area, he mentioned, including that the record of nations is to be introduced later.
They might be on responsibility for 10 months, he mentioned.
Established in 1996 beneath the overseas ministry, the fund is devoted to sharing Taiwan’s experience in numerous fields with diplomatic allies and accomplice nations.
Though Taiwan has reduce its obligatory navy service to 4 months, many conscripts select to enlist within the longer different program.
This system, which started in 2001, has had a mean acceptance charge of 10 to 31 % up to now few years.
Greater than 1,500 individuals have been dispatched to overseas international locations for diplomatic functions over the previous twenty years.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan didn’t ship individuals overseas in 2020 and solely despatched 12 conscripts final yr, the fund mentioned.
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