2016 Workshop on Trade Promotion (Exclusive for Europe, Asia and ASEAN)

BSD News, 23 June 2016

From May 26 to June 8, 2016, one of the team members of KADIN Business Support Desk had the privilege to join a 14-day-intensive workshop on trade promotion organized by International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) in Taipei, Taiwan. The ICDF in Taiwan is an organization founded in 1996 under the supervision of the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This organization is dedicated to boosting socio-economic development, enhancing human resources and promoting economic relations in a range of developing partner countries. Attended by 22 participants coming from 13 countries in Asia, ASEAN and Europe including government officials, chambers of commerce and industry, associations and municipal companies, this workshop was aimed that participants could get experience from Taiwanese experts and businessmen in various fields of business.  Reciprocally, the Taiwanese experts and businessmen could learn different types of economic development from professionals coming from other countries with a wide diversity of cultures, social conditions, natural resources and potential.  

Investment Climate, Foreign Trade Strategies in Trends of Regional Economic Integration, How to Promote International Trade to Enterprises and Foreign Market Development Practice were discussed and highlighted in the workshop. In the beginning of the workshop activities, all participants were required to give a presentation about the trade promotion and the investment and business climates in home countries.  Later, the participants had the opportunity to have a lecture from Department of Investment Services – MOEA, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) about the topics covered. Moreover, academicians as well as economic researchers from Tamkang University, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA) and Taiwan External Trade Development Council of Kaoshiung Office also had their sessions in the workshop.  As one of the courses summary said that due to the launch of outsourcing economic model by advanced economies, Taiwan has been closely integrated into global value chains (economic cooperation processes by market mechanism). Taiwan’s economy has been highly correlated with the global economy making it export-oriented due to its rather small domestic market size with respect to very limited natural resources. 

As part of the activities during the workshop, the participants had excursions visiting the Bureau of Foreign Trade-MOEA, 2016 COMPUTEX Taipei, World Trade Center Exhibition Hall in Taipei City, Kaoshiung Customs, Taiwan International Ports Corporation (YES Logistics Corporation, a member of Yang Ming Group), and Export Processing Zone in Kaoshiung City. A business forum with local SMEs in Taiwan was held as the support and closing activity. After finishing the workshop, the participants were appointed as alumni of Taiwan ICDF program and could become the ambassador of Taiwan in the home country. (JP)