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New Taiwanese Ambassador Patrick Pei-chi Chang presenting his credentials.

President Jammeh seated with Ambassador Chang, reads the accreditation letter after accepting it.

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27th January 2005:

The new Taiwanese Ambassador to The Gambia, Patrick Pei-chi Chang, yesterday presented his letters of credence to President Yahya Jammeh at State House.

Chang comes to Banjul straight from his post as director-general at the department of African Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei, where he served from 2001 to date.
He is the fourth ROC ambassador to The Gambia since the restoration of diplomatic ties between the two states in 1995.

Speaking to reporters after presenting his credentials, Ambassador Chang said his main priority remains strengthening cooperation between the Republic of China and The Gambia.
Chang added that he will concentrate on expanding cooperation in the sectors of agriculture, the economy, health and human resources development.
He said Gambians are currently studying in Taiwan and, as the new ROC envoy, he wants more Gambian students to study in Taiwanese universities in different fields.

A career diplomat, Chang obtained a bachelor's degree from Taiwan's department of diplomacy, National Chenchi University. He also did a course in Advanced Studies on Public Policy, at the Graduate School of Washington State University, USA.
After joining the diplomatic services in 1969, he started as third secretary at the embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, and subsequently returned as ambassdor to Liberia.
Among his other postings abroad, Chang was director at the Taipei representative office in Berlin, Germany, first secretary at the Taipei economic and cultural representatives office in the US, and consul to Seattle in the US.
He was accompanied to State House by Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Sidi Morro Sanneh, and ROC Embassy staff in Banjul.


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