New Taiwanese Ambassador Patrick Pei-chi Chang presenting
President Jammeh seated with Ambassador Chang,
reads the accreditation letter after accepting it.
by Sulayman Gassama of Statehouse
Earlier News Reports available at Archives
NEW TAIWANESE AMBASSADOR PRESENTS CREDENTIALS
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
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