Feb 17, 2009, 5:49 AM
The recent call made by The Gambia for the meaningful participation and membership of the Republic of China on Taiwan (ROC) in international organisations and UN specialized agencies is pertinent.
The Gambian vice president, Dr Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy, in her address to the 67th General Assembly session of the United Nations in New York put the case of ROC before delegates.
As stated by the vice president, there needs to be the opening of avenues for membership of Taiwan in the various funds, agencies, treaty bodies and programmes of the global community.
Taiwan’s participation would, no doubt, enhance the effectiveness of these bodies to the benefit of mankind.
Taiwan is a key player in international trade and politics, and any means to isolate the Republic of China means a lot to those millions of people who need the services that they could offer to them.
The expertise and technological might of the people of Taiwan, couple with their desire to share these experiences with the rest of the world, cannot continue to be ignored.
Other allies of the ROC should emulate The Gambia’s efforts by telling the international community not to give deaf ears to the plight of over 23 million people of Taiwan.
It is a right for ROC to be part of all UN specialized agencies and bodies, in the interest of justice.
Especially so, when one considers the fact that the contribution of the Island nation to the development of developing countries in Africa and other parts of the world is now well-recognized by the global community.