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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON COOPERATION FOR INFORMATION EXCAHNGE CONCERNING AVIAN INFLUENZA BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OF THE EXECUTIVE YUAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN) AND THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH, TUVALU
1.Signed on June 9, 2006; Entered into force on June 9, 2006.
This Memorandum of Understanding is entered into by the
Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Republic Of China
(Taiwan), and Ministry of Health, Tuvalu, (hereafter referred to
as "the parties"), for the purposes of furthering cooperation
and collaboration between the parties and fostering information
exchange concerning avian influenza and its related matters.
The two parties agree to cooperate on equal and reciprocal
terms. A more Detailed cooperation grogram can be arranged
(a) To ensure that there is adequate exchange of information on
avian influenza prevention and control to the benefit of
(b) To promote the strengths of each party in training and
(a) Information exchange - to develop programs for information
exchange through surveillance and laboratory diagnosis data
reports, workshops and conferences.
(b) Exchange of visits - to facilitate collaborations on avian
influenza control policy, laboratory diagnosis, laboratory
quality control and cases investigation, between specialists
in the related disciplines in their competence, subject to
the laws and regulations in force in the two countries and
subject to financial limitations of each party.
(c) International research programs - to promote research
corporate plans for related projects in both countries, the
objectives being to enhance research capabilities of
scientists, develop international collaborative platforms,
and enable full participation in international avian
3. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
(a) Each party shall determine the affordability of the annual
agreement of collaborations.
(b) Each party is responsible for its own expenses for the above
(c) Each party will bear the travel expenses of its staff during
exchange programs and visits.
4. IMPLEMENTATION AND COLLABORATION
(a) This Memorandum of Understanding will be implemented
directly between the Department of Health, Executive Yuan,
Republic of China (Taiwan), and Tuvalu. Each party will
designate competent agencies as contact points (Taiwan CDC
and Princess Margaret Hospital are hereby so designated by
the parties) to enhance information-sharing between two
parties in the fight against the threat of avian and
pandemic influenza and other diseases that may constitute a
public health emergency of international concern.
(b) A bilateral meeting will be held to develop and review the
joint research program annually.
The Memorandum of Understanding shall enter into force upon
signature and remain effective till terminated by either
party upon one month prior notice in writing to the other
party. This Memorandum of Understanding may be modified by
written agreement between the parties.
Dr. Sheng-Mou Hou Hon Dr. Alesana Seluka
Minister, Department of Health Minister, Ministry of Health
Republic of China (Taiwan) Tuvalu