The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) jointly organized online forums and matchmaking events for Western, Central and Eastern European markets on November 2 and 3. The two-day forum attracted 137 participants, while the matchmaking events linked 54 Taiwanese companies with over 100 European buyers in 200 one-to-one meetings, which were expected to generate over US$15 million in business opportunities.
Secretary General of the BOFT Ms. Amelia W.J. Day delivered opening remarks, highlighting that bilateral relations between Taiwan and Europe have steadily grown closer in recent years and bilateral trade and investment have continued to increase annually. As the world enters the era of post-pandemic economic recovery, Taiwan looks forward to working with European partners to deepen cooperative relations and build resilient supply chains.
Representatives from European associations and famous manufacturers were invited to talk at the Western Europe Online Forum about local trade and investment opportunities in such sectors as artificial intelligence and renewable energy. Overseas Taiwanese entrepreneurs were invited to share first-hand market information at the Online Trade Mission to Central and Eastern Europe. A representative from the office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo also attended the event to introduce the country's investment environment.
Taiwanese companies participating in the matchmaking event represented the medical, information and communications, machinery, and precision parts industries. European buyers represented companies from Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania and France. Participating enterprises all endorsed the one-stop service that combined market introduction and matchmaking opportunities in the same event.