MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON COOPERATION FOR INFORMATION EXCAHNGE CONCERNING AVIAN INFLUENZA BETWEEN THE DEP ARTMENT OF HEALTH OF THE EXECUTIVE YUAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN) AND THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL WELFARE, REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA-1

This Memorandum of Understanding is entered into by theDepartment of Health, Executive Yuan, Republic Of China(Taiwan), and the Department of State for Health and SocialWelfare, Republic of The Gambia, (hereafter referred to as “theparties"), for the purposes of furthering cooperation andcollaboration between the parties and fostering informationexchange concerning avian influenza and its related matters.The two parties agree to cooperate on equal and reciprocalterms. A more Detailed cooperation program can be arrangedfurther.1.AIMS(a)To ensure that there is adequate exchange of information on avian influenza prevention and control to the benefit of both parties;(b)To promote the strengths of each party in training and research development.2.PROGRAM(a)Information exchange – to develop programs for information exchange through surveillance and laboratory diagnosis data reports, workshops and conferences.(b)Exchange of visits – to facilitate collaborations on avian influenza control policy, laboratory diagnosis, laboratory quality control and cases investigation, between specialists in the related disciplines in their competence, subject to the laws and regulations in force in the two countries and subject to financial limitations of each party.(c)International research programs – to promote research corporate plans for related projects in both countries, the objectives being to enhance research capabilities of scientists, develop international collaborative platforms, and enable full participation in international avian influenza programs.3.FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES(a)Each party shall determine the affordability of the annual agreement of collaborations.(b)Each party is responsible for its own expenses for the above collaboration.(c)Each party will bear the travel expenses of its staff during exchange programs and visits.4.IMPLEMENTATION AND COLLABORATION(a)This Memorandum of Understanding will be implemented directly between the Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Republic of China (Taiwan), and the Department of State for Health and Social Welfare, Republic of The Gambia. Each party will designate competent agencies as contact points (Taiwan CDC and The Gambia CDC are hereby so designated by the parties) to enhance information-sharing between two parties in the fight against the threat of avian and pandemic influenza and other diseases that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern.(b)A bilateral meeting will be held to develop and review the joint research program annually.5.Validity The Memorandum of Understanding shall enter into force upon signature and remain effective till terminated by either party upon sixty days prior notice in writing to the other party. This Memorandum of Understanding may be modified by written agreement between the parties.……………………………… …………………………………Dr. Sheng-Mou Hou Dr. Tamsir MboweMinister, Department of Health Secretary of State, DepartmentExecutive Yuan of StateThe Republic of China (Taiwan) for Health and Social Welfare The Republic of GambiaDate__________________ Date__________________

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