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On 23 February, Representative Lin hosted a ceremony marking Taiwan’s donation of 50 computers to the Republic of Somaliland last November.


Held at the TRO, attendees included Somaliland Foreign Minister, Dr Saad Ali Shire, the Somaliland Representative to the UK, Ayan Mahamoud Ashour, Virendra Sharma MP, a member of the UK parliament’s International Development Committee, and Mr Abdullah Gulaid, a councillor from the London Borough of Ealing.


In his remarks, Representative Lin lauded Taiwan and Somaliland’s shared values of freedom and democracy, acknowledging the value both sides place on education, and affirming Taiwan’s willingness to continue working with Somaliland to develop the partnership between the two sides.


Dr Saad Ali Shire also delivered remarks, in which he thanked Taiwan for its gesture of goodwill. He said that education is key to both international development and good government, stressing that Taiwan and Somaliland will continue to build on the strong friendship that is exemplified by the donation.


At present, a number of cooperative projects exist between the two sides, with Taiwan providing scholarships for Somali students wishing to study in Taiwan and operating a medical training programme to train doctors and nurses. Taiwan also assists Somaliland in its anti-piracy efforts, providing funding for its radar systems.