Taiwan makes 2nd donation to Piracy Survivor Family Fund

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Tseng Ho-jen (曾厚仁, left)/file photo (Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium)

Tseng Ho-jen (曾厚仁, left)/file photo (Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium)

Brussels, May 15 (CNA) Taiwan was donating US$30,000 to the Piracy Survivor Family Fund (PSFF) as part of international efforts at combating piracy and providing humanitarian assistance, according to Taiwan's representative office in the European Union Tuesday.

Tseng Ho-jen (曾厚仁), Taiwan's representative to the EU and Belgium, signed a memorandum of understanding that day with Roger Harris, executive director of the UK-based International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network, under which Taiwan made a second donation of US$30,000 to the PSFF.

Charles Tannock, honorary chairman of the European Parliament-Taiwan Friendship Group and a long-time champion of the fight against piracy, hosted the signing ceremony at the European Parliament in recognition of Taiwan's counter-piracy contribution.

The ceremony was attended by MEPs and officials from the European Union and diplomatic missions in Brussels.

The PSFF was established by the U.N. Contact Group for Piracy off the Coast of Somalia in October 2014 to provide assistance to piracy victims and their families.

Since its founding, the PSFF has helped victimized seafarers and their families from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Iran, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

Taiwan has proactively supported Somalia in its capacity building in healthcare and maritime security in recent years. At the recommendation of the European Union. Taiwan made its first donation to the PSFF in October 2015.

As the rehabilitation of piracy victims and their families remains overwhelmingly dependent upon international assistance, Taiwan has stepped up its assistance with another donation to the PSFF.

Tseng said Taiwan continues to work with the international community to provide humanitarian assistance, as well as promote international and regional security.

(By Tang Pei-chun and S.C. Chang)

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