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Taiwan and France join forces to boost cooperation in technological innovation

The meeting aimed to boost opportunities and cooperation between the two countries.

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The Taiwan-France Joint Business Council Meeting (Photo courtesy of the CIECA)
The Taiwan-France Joint Business Council Meeting (Photo courtesy of the CIECA)

The Taiwan-France Joint Business Council Meeting (Photo courtesy of the CIECA)

The Taiwan-France Joint Business Council Meeting (Photo courtesy of the CIECA)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) Chairman Chu Wen-chen (朱文成) signed a joint statement with France’s largest business association on Wednesday with the aim of boosting exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in the business and investment of technological innovation.

The meeting brought together representatives of such industries as energy, transportation, infrastructure, sanitation, smart technology from both France and Taiwan.

Both Chu, representative of the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA) and Yan Jen-ni (楊珍妮), director general of the Bureau of Foreign Trade, said in their opening remarks that they were looking forward to the potential collaboration and opportunities between the two countries in both private and public sector.

Gérard Wolf, representative of the Sustainable Cities Task Force, a subgroup of MEDEF, said the problems facing our cities today are not only nationwide or region-wide, but also global, and thus innovative and holistic solutions are needed to tackle the problems of today and tomorrow.

Wolf said they had received several Taiwan’s municipal mayors in France who were seeking innovative solutions to solve urban issues, such as Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) and Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) in the past couple of years.

Wolf and his team also visited several public institutes during the trip, including the city governments of Taipei, New Taipei, and Taoyuan, the National Development Council, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Benoît Guidée, director at the French Office in Taipei, said that with France’s software capabilities and Taiwan’s competence in hardware, the cooperation between the two countries could be called “matches made in heaven.”

He also mentioned that France-Taiwan cooperation could reach beyond borders. As the latter has been promoting its New Southbound Policy, the two countries can seek investment and trade opportunities together in Southeast Asia.

MEDEF is the largest business association in France with over 8,000 member companies. Led by Gérard Wolf, president of the Sustainable Cities Task Force, a subgroup under the MEDEF, the visiting group includes representatives of EDF Energy, Schneider Electric, RATP Dev Transdev Asia, and so on.

The 23rd Taiwan-France Joint Business Council Meeting: IOT Application & Business Opportunities in Smart Cities was co-hosted by the CIECA and the MEDEF. It was held at Taipei International Convention Center on October 18.