Premier proposes shooting film on Africa lamp project

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In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Republic of China Premier Wu Den-yih proposed that the many stories related to Taiwan's decades-long aid to foreign countries could be adapted for film, including the "A Lamp Lighting Up Africa" program that the country is promoting in Burkina Faso.

The films could be shown in 2011 as part of celebrations for the ROC's 100th founding anniversary, Wu said while hosting a dinner for Taiwanese diplomats and expatriates upon his arrival in the West African ally on a one-week visit.

The "A Lamp Lighting Up Africa" project, for example, could be adapted for a TV drama centered around a leading character who goes to Burkina Faso to carry out the work, blended with subject matter such as kinship and friendship, according to Wu.

The program is aimed at bringing electric light to the homes of disadvantaged Burkina Faso students, who are often forced to study on the streets at night by the light of street lamps because they do not have electric light at home.

Under the program, photovoltaic power-generating systems have been installed in participating schools and each student has been given an LED lighting kit equipped with a rechargeable battery that lasts four-and-a-half hours. The children can recharge their lamps at school and bring them home to use at night.

Wu is the first Taiwanese premier to visit the impoverished West African ally since the two countries resumed diplomatic ties in 1994. The main purpose of the visit is to attend the Dec. 20 inauguration of Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore for a new term.