Digital Affairs Minister Audrey Tang (唐鳳) on Thursday visited the Lithuanian parliament (Seimas) Committee on Economics as well as the Lithuanian Parliamentary Group for Relations with Taiwan before attending a forum on democracy and digital freedom, the Ministry of Digital Affairs (MODA) said in a statement.
Tang was accompanied by Taiwan's representative to Lithuania Eric Huang (黃鈞耀) in her meeting with the Seimas Economics Committee led by its chairman Kazys Starkevičius and the Lithuanian Parliamentary Group for Relations with Taiwan led by chairman Matas Maldeikis.
According to MODA, Tang and Seimas members had productive interactions and discussed the tenacity of Taiwan's response in the face of diplomatic challenges, with Tang providing examples of Taiwan's innovative policies.
Tang later attended the Free Digital Democracy Dialogue (F3D) organized by MODA and two Lithuanian institutions -- the Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science and the Go Forward Academy.
The forum focused on "Rewards and Risks: Can Digitalization Free the Future?" and was attended by Dr. Linas Bukauskas of Vilnius University's Institute of Computer Science, Director of Security and Privacy at e-commerce platform "Vinted" Tomas Martinkėnas and internet regulation & policy lawyer Julija Kalpokiene alongside Tang.
"Democracy itself was once a radical experiment," Tang said during the forum. "Democracy itself was once a(n) applied social technology about how people come up with understanding and decisions together."
Tang was accompanied by Lithuania's Minister of the Economy and Innovation Ausrine Armonaite who introduced her to the Baltic State's digitizing of government services.
Tang signed up for a Lithuanian e-resident card which grants foreigners access to the coutry's local administrative, public and commercial services.
Tang went on to say that MODA governs Taiwan's regulations on digital services and aims to establish mutually beneficial bilateral partnerships and services.
Tang concluded her Jan. 12 itinerary by attending Lithuania's "Day of the Defenders of Freedom" bonfire event with Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Žygimantas Pavilionis and Seimas member Emanuelis Zingeris in commemoration of those who lost their lives in 1991 in clashes with Soviet troops.