ECCT makes progress on issues raised in its 2015 Position Papers
The European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) announced today that it has made progress on 14 of the issues that were raised in its 2015 Position Papers.
The announcement follows the chamber’s meeting with the National Development Council (NDC) which was attended by Taiwan’s major government ministries and agencies to discuss the government’s official reply to the business issues raised in the papers.
The annual meeting brought together around 40 officials from a number of government ministries and agencies to discuss priority issues with co-chairs of the ECCT’s industry and support committees. The meeting was the culmination of dozens of bilateral meetings held between the ECCT and various government agencies over the course of the past year. The meeting was formally opened by NDC Minister Duh Tyzz-Jiun ( ) and followed by opening remarks from ECCT Chairman Bernd Barkey. The rest of the meeting was chaired by NDC Deputy Minister Lin Huan. During the meeting, ECCT delegates discussed unresolved issues with government representatives.
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In many of the exchanges, Lin insisted that officials provide good reasons why issues remain unresolved and, in cases where answers were not satisfactory, he asked officials to follow up after the meeting.
In his opening remarks, Duh thanked the ECCT for its long term support of the government’s development strategies and the chamber’s contribution to the improvement of the regulatory environment. He added that alignment with international standards is a priority for the government as it will help to advance Taiwan’s integration with the international economy.
In this regard, the NDC is committed to following up with and conducting research on issues regarded as important to business chambers. In his remarks Minister Duh also asked the ECCT for its continued support in advocating a free trade deal between Taiwan and the EU as a way to enhance trade and investment between the EU and Taiwan.
In his opening remarks, Barkey reiterated the main theme and issues raised in the ECCT’s 2015 Position Papers and emphasized that ECCT members are not just investors but also stakeholders in Taiwan’s economy as tax payers and employers who generate wealth for the Taiwan economy. He made the point that a crucial factor for remaining competitive is adopting the best international standards and practices and that most of the recommendations in the position papers are aimed at making Taiwan more international and competitive for the benefit of ECCT members as well as the Taiwan economy and society. At the conclusion of the meeting Chairman Barkey said he appreciated the sincere attitude and constructive approach of the NDC in working to make concrete progress towards solving difficult issues.