An honorary doctorate and the Order of the Shining Star will be awarded to Prime Minister John Briceño during a state visit to Taiwan

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Posted: Monday, March 7, 2022. 1:18 p.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: Prime Minister John Briceño’s string of international engagements continues from last week’s CARICOM intersessional meeting and CARICOM-SICA summit with a five-day state visit to the Republic of China starting Tuesday, as the Focus Taiwan/CNA English News reported.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration, Eamon Courtenay, and the Minister for Education, Culture, Science and Technology, Francis Fonseca, as well as, we l have confirmed, from the Minister of Agriculture, Jose Mai.

Belize is one of 14 diplomatic allies that Taiwan still has around the world. The two countries have maintained official diplomatic relations since 1989.

In recognition of these ties, President Tsai Ing-wen will award the Prime Minister the Order of the Shining Star with Grand Cordon for his role in strengthening ties between Taiwan and Belize.

The Prime Minister is to meet Tsai, his Vice President Lai Ching-te; Premier Su Tseng-chang and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. His agenda includes receiving an honorary doctorate from Kun Shan University in Tainan, attending a forum on business opportunities in Belize and meet Belizean students in Taiwan.

The visit will be Briceño’s first trip to Taiwan in 16 years and the first time he has visited the country as prime minister, a post he held in November 2020, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said.


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