On June 1, 2015, Taiwan and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF)—a platform to utilize Taiwan’s strengths and expertise to address global issues of mutual concern. The initiative assists countries in the Indo-Pacific for their capacity building efforts through training programs for officials and experts, while also enhancing Taiwan’s multilateral cooperation throughout the region. The GCTF has allowed Taiwan to build up its partnerships with regional countries and further expand its international presence.
Over the past eight years, the GCTF has held 61 international workshops on such topics as public health, law enforcement cooperation, women’s empowerment, energy efficiency, e-commerce, cybersecurity, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief (HA/DR), and media literacy. Over 7,000 government officials, experts, and civil society representatives from 126 countries have participated in these events. Japan became a full partner to this framework in 2019, and has joined Taiwan and the United States in cohosting all GCTF workshops held since then. More like-minded countries such as Sweden, Australia, Guatemala, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, Israel, the EU, and Slovakia have joined us to cohost GCTF workshops, and even more, Australia announced to become a full partner on October 27, 2021. The GCTF International Austronesian Languages Revitalization Forum held in Palau in September 2019 was the first GCTF event to take place outside of Taiwan. While the first online workshop for Latin America under the GCTF took place in September 2020, the first GCTF-affiliated franchise workshop was held in Czech in September 2021.
The full partners (currently Taiwan, the United States, Japan, and Australia) regularly hold GCTF Joint Committee meetings to review events of the year and decide on prospective areas of cooperation for the coming year. We welcome more like-minded countries to participate in the GCTF and further expand cooperation under it.