EU-Taiwan Cluster Matchmaking Event at Global Industrie in Lyon, France deepens industrial cluster cooperation
Vice Minister of Economic Affairs, Ms. Mei-Hua Wang, led a delegation of cluster representatives, including the Chinese National Federation of Industries, in attending the "EU-Taiwan Cluster Matchmaking Event" at Global Industrie in Lyon, France. The EU invited 22 clusters from its member states to the event. Both sides communicated and participated enthusiastically in the business-matching session, which helped create and deepen concrete cooperation in innovation and R&D.
Vice Minister Wang mentioned in her opening remarks that the EU is Taiwan's 5th largest trading partner and largest source of foreign direct investment with bilateral economic relations remaining close. Europe is a leader in innovative technology and sustainability. Meanwhile, Taiwan possesses strengths in manufacturing. It is advantageous for the two sides, which complement each other, to engage in industrial cooperation.
The MOEA has been holding EU-Taiwan cluster matchmaking events for three consecutive years since 2016, and assists companies from both sides to build cooperative partnerships through the European Cluster Collaboration Platform. In 2018, the two sides signed the Administrative Arrangement between Taiwan and the EU on Cluster Cooperation, which laid a solid foundation for further cluster cooperation.
Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing of EU's DG GROW, Mr. Slawomir TOKARSKI, mentioned that cluster cooperation is the key driving force to economic growth, and the innovation and internationalization of SMEs. Taiwan is the EU's strategic partner in cluster cooperation, and the EU hopes to continue strengthening cooperation with Taiwan to enhance the economic and industrial cooperation.
Currently, clusters of Taiwan and the EU are already engaged in the initial stages of cooperation in several projects, such as in a small satellite, micro (nano) electronic technology, 5G R&D, and cosmetics. The two sides plan to co-host the 5th EU-Taiwan Industrial Dialogue this year to discuss the outcomes of the cluster event and how to facilitate more concrete cluster cooperation, so as to achieve the goal of linking industries and technologies.
Vice Minister of Economic Affairs, Ms. Mei-Hua Wang, Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing of EU's DG GROW, Mr. Slawomir TOKARSKI, Regional Representative in charge of e-administration at Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Mr. Samy KEFI-JEROME, and Representative of the Chinese National Federation of Industries, Mr. Mark CHANG attended EU-Taiwan Cluster Cooperation Seminar.