Shu-yi Chang, Director of Trade Development Division of the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs (4th from left), Peter W.J Huang , Secretary General of the Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei (IEAT, 4th from right), Saudah Nat Isa, Director of Trade of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre, Taipei (3rd from right), and representatives from intern enterprises in a group photo at the ceremony of Presentation of the Outcomes for the 2019 Global Trade Pioneer Project.
In order to promote Taiwan’s economic and trade exchanges with emerging markets, as well as develop talents who are familiar with local markets and languages, the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has conducted the Global Trade Pioneer Project for 6 consecutive years. It provides scholarships to eligible students who are studying international trade or related fields in order to do internships in emerging markets overseas.
The Global Trade Pioneer Project has long been widely recognized by participating corporations, academics, and students. In 2019, 150 students from 24 universities were selected to do internships in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines. To showcase the outcomes of these internships, a presentation ceremony was held on 27 November at the Importers and Exporters Association of Taipei. Around 180 participants, comprising representatives from corporations and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices overseas, as well as students and instructors, were invited to this event.
In addition to presenting awards to outstanding students and teachers, students were also invited to share their internship experiences on this occasion, which effectively facilitated inter-university exchanges. All the students said that participating in this project was not only a good opportunity for them to enhance their ability to work under pressure, but also a good opportunity to truly develop international perspectives. It has also enabled students to reflect on themselves, recognize their shortcomings, and strengthen their skills in order to be fully prepared for the future.
According to the annual survey, about 70% of the selected students work in the international trade field after graduation, and a number of students work overseas. The efficacy of implementing this project has gradually spread, and the project will continue to be carried out in 2020 to cultivate more international trade talents in the hope of promoting trade interaction between Taiwan and emerging markets.