Over the last several weeks, the Government and people of Taiwan have provided immediate and effective relief assistance to the countries affected by the recent tsunami disaster, in spite of Taiwan' s exclusion from full participation in several international organizations. Taiwan's Government has pledged a donation of US $50 million for tsunami-related relief efforts, ranking Taiwan one of the leading donors. Combined with donations from the private sector, Taiwan's total contributions may exceed US $55 million.
The Vice Premier of Taiwan, Ms. Yeh Chu-lan, announced Taiwan's pledge to donate US $50 million in aid to the most affected countries that were hardly hit by the recent earthquake and tsunami in South Asia. This assistance package will include food and medical supplies, as well as community-based reconstruction and rehabilitation projects. This amount is to be added to the estimated US $10 million that several Taiwanese charities, including various religious organizations, have already collected.