The office plaque unveiling ceremony, signifying the opening of the office, was hosted by Taiwan’s representative in France François Wu (吳志 中) and new office head Hsin Chi-chih (辛 繼 志), according to MOFA.
Before the new office opened on Monday, Taiwan’s only office in France was its main representative office in Paris.
“With this new office, our government will be able to provide faster and better service to our overseas nationals and compatriots who live there,” Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said (吳釗 燮) by video.
In the video, Wu described France as an important economic partner for Taiwan and expressed hope for cooperation in aerospace, biomedicine and technology in the future, with a specific focus on semiconductors, smart health care and renewable energy.
French Senator André Vallini, French National Assembly member Laurence Trastour-Isnart, Aix-en-Provence Mayor Maryse Joissins Masini and Deputy Mayor Karima Zerkani-Raynal also congratulated them through pre-recorded videos , said the MOFA.
Vallini invited Taiwanese to visit Aix-en-Provence and praised Taiwan for its democracy, respect for human rights and economic achievements.
According to MOFA, from 2016 to 2019, there was a 62% increase in the number of Taiwanese nationals visiting France and a 30% increase in the number of French nationals visiting Taiwan.
There was no data available indicating how many Taiwanese visited Aix-en-Provence or that part of France.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated control measures, applicants for consular and other services for the office are advised to call and make an appointment before going there, MOFA said.
The annex office is located at 120 avenue Napoléon Bonaparte in Aix-en-Provence. His office phone number is +33 (0) 413911920 and his emergency contact number is +33 (0) 761141520.
The office email address is [email protected] and its official website is https://www.roc-taiwan.org/frprv.
(by Emerson Lim) Enditem / ls