Sep 03, 2015 Uncategorized Comments Off on Former TECO chairman receives German decoration (Taiwan News)
Taipei, Sept. 3 (CNA) A former chairman of Taiwan’s TECO Group was decorated by the German government on Thursday for his contribution to the development of ties between Germany and Taiwan.
Theodore M.H. Huang was presented with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by Martin Eberts, director general of the German Institute Taipei, during the German-Taiwanese Joint Business Council (JBC) meeting in Taipei. “It was due to Dr. Theodore Huang’s major contributions that the JBC became one of the mainstays of German-Taiwanese relations,” Eberts said in a statement issued Thursday by the German Institute Taipei, which represents Germany’s interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.
“German companies, even in business sectors in which Mr. Huang has never been active, owe him for his crucial support in entering the Taiwanese market,” he said.
In the statement, the German Institute Taipei touted Huang’s contribution to the development of trade ties between Taiwan and Germany, especially in the period 2001-2014 when he was chairman of the Taiwanese side of the JBC.
Huang was one of the proponents of a Taiwan-Germany agreement on the avoidance of double taxation, which took effect in January 2013, according to the statement.
“The rebate given to German companies for their already paid sales taxes after 2010 was one of the tangible successes of his efforts,” the institute said.
Huang resigned as chairman of TECO in 2007 after serving in that positon for 16 years.
TECO started out as an industrial motor manufacturer and has since expanded its businesses to such fields as medical information system, e-commerce, semiconductor, software, and food services. (By Christie Chen)