Taipei, Taiwan and Poland held their 8th economic consultation forum Tuesday and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to forge closer economic ties.
The forum was presided over by Taiwan's Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Kung Ming-hsin (???) and Poland's Deputy Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Tadeusz Koscinski.
According to Kung, delegations from the two sides exchanged views on a wide range of economic topics, such as smart city development, renewable energy development, biotech medical development, smart manufacturing, circular economy and various financial issues.
During the conference, Kung said, Poland expressed hope that Taiwan will increase its purchase of agricultural products from the East European country.
In terms of technology cooperation, Kung said, Taiwan Power Co., the state-owned electricity supplier, has already had technology exchanges in circular economy with research institutions in Poland.
PORT, a major Polish technical research institute, reached a preliminary consensus on future cooperation with the Taiwan government- sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) during the forum, Kung said.
A PORT delegation was scheduled to visit the ITRI the following day to hammer out details of the collaboration, Kung added.
After the forum, InvesTaiwan, an investment office under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PIAH) signed an MOU to push for future investment.
Kung said that under the MOU, Taiwan and Poland are expected to have a platform to help enterprises on each side have better understanding about the other side's market.
He added that companies from both sides will see an increase in opportunities to cooperate.
Meanwhile Tuesday, PIAH opened an office in Taipei. The office also held a conference on investment in Poland, during which the PIAH Taipei Office signed an MOU with the Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei (IEAT).
Wang Hsun-sheng (???), head of IEAT, said both PIAH and IEAT hope the agreement will help the two sides explore more chances for cooperation.
According to the MOEA, most Taiwanese firms investing in Poland are in the electronics, information/communications and auto industries.
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The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel