ECCT makes progress on is­sues raised in its 2015 Po­si­tion Pa­pers

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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.

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