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Trade mission in Nigeria to keep all of its staff: MOFA

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  • Dec 06 2017 17:15About: 6 days ago
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The nation’s trade mission in Nigeria is to keep the same number of staff after it relocates from the capital, Abuja, to Lagos, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said on Tuesday.

Department of West Asia and African Affairs Deputy Director-General Grace Lo (羅靜如) confirmed that staffing levels would remain the same after the move, seemingly at odds with a request from the Nigerian government, which ordered the relocation.

Lo did not specify how many people work at the office, but a source said four people work there after office director Morgan Chao (趙家寶) left on March 31.

Chao was ordered to leave by the Nigerian government and is unlikely to return to his post in the new location, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Taiwan and Nigeria are still in talks over the name of the new office, the source said, adding that Taipei hopes it would be able to maintain the title “Republic of China” as part of it.

The Nigerian government in January ordered Taiwan to move its office from the capital, to change the name of the office to remove the title “Republic of China (Taiwan)” and to cut office staff, reportedly under pressure from China.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs later lauded the move, saying it showed the African country’s “staunch support” of Bejing’s “one China” principle.

Taipei responded by twice summoning the acting director of the Nigeria Trade Office in Taiwan to protest the African country’s moves against Taiwan’s interests, the ministry said.

After the relocation, which is expected to be completed by the middle of this month, the ministry would ask the Taipei-based Nigeria Trade Office in Taiwan to move to another location based on the principles of equality and dignity, Lo said.



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The nation’s trade mission Nigeria keep same number staff after relocates from capital Abuja Lagos Ministry Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said Tuesday. Department West Asia African Deputy Director-General Grace (羅靜如) confirmed that staffing levels would remain move seemingly odds with request Nigerian government which ordered relocation. Lo specify many people work office source four there director Morgan Chao (趙家寶) left March 31. Chao leave unlikely return post location source spoke condition anonymity they were authorized speak publicly matter. Taiwan still talks over name office said adding Taipei hopes able maintain title “Republic China” part it. The January Taiwan capital change remove China (Taiwan)” staff reportedly under pressure China. The Chinese later lauded move saying showed country’s “staunch support” Bejing’s “one principle. Taipei responded twice summoning acting Trade Office protest moves against Taiwan’s interests ministry said. After relocation expected completed middle this month Taipei-based another based principles equality dignity said.

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