Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Taiwan issues Anti Corruption Set

Anti-Corruption Postage Stamps

To demonstrate Taiwan’s support for international anti-corruption efforts and its desire to march in step with international anti-corruption campaigns, the Chunghwa Post (Taiwan’s Official Postal Agency) issued a set of two stamps on the themes of anti-corruption and clean government. One stamp has a denomination of NT$5.00 and the other has a denomination of NT$25.00. These stamps were printed by Central Engraving and Printing Plant and were released on December 9, 2009.

The stamps feature a globe with a world map, as well as latitude and longitude lines. These lines, along with the map of Taiwan, form the Chinese character han, which means “clean and honest.”, “1209 International Anti-Corruption Day,” along with the Chinese characters with the same meaning, are printed, respectively, below and above the globe. The image conveys the idea that Taiwan is taking the lead in promoting clean and competent government and is determined on implementing anti-corruption efforts. At the same time, the stamps express the idea that Taiwan is taking active steps to march in step with international society and is firmly behind international anti-corruption efforts.

The two stamps share the same design, differing only in their colors and denominations. The NT$5.00 stamp has a green globe with a blue world map, set against a light blue background; the NT$25.00 stamp has a bluish-purple globe with a green world map, set against a lavender background.

A first day cover, first day folders and a loose-leaf album page will be released along with the stamps.