Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Meteorology to Be Signed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), R.O.C. and the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology (MECDM), the Solomon Islands
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Taipei, Taiwan—April 28, 2017- In order to advance cooperation and development between the R.O.C. (Taiwan) and the Solomon Islands in the fields of meteorology and seismology, the Minister of MOTC, HO CHEN, Tan, and the Minister of MECDM, Samuel Manetoali, have reached a consensus to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Meteorology today, under the witness of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Maelanga. Since 2012, under the promotion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the interaction on meteorology between the R.O.C. (Taiwan) and the Solomon Islands has taken place and the outcome has been satisfactory. Taiwan has provided technical training in meteorology to personnel of the Solomon Islands, and helped to install meteorological and seismological observation instruments in the country. On the other hand, the Solomon Islands invited experts from Taiwan as advisors to attend major international meetings. Minister HO CHEN indicated during the ceremony that the Solomon Islands has a typical tropical monsoonal climate characterized by high and rather uniform temperature and humidity, and abundant rainfall in most areas. Its location in the Southern Hemisphere makes it highly vulnerable to natural disasters, and the threats posed by tropical cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis are similar to those Taiwan faces. Information concerning the Solomon Islands therefore is of high value to Taiwan. The collaboration will be helpful for both countries in terms of applications to basic scientific research and other relevant information, as well as on the technological development of early warning and rapid reporting systems, and the memorandum will also benefit both countries in developing climate change adaption and disaster mitigation capability. The MOTC stated that this signing will further enhance the fruitful cooperation in meteorology, and strengthen the friendship and partnership between the Solomon Islands and the Republic of China.