Netherlands to seek further collaboration with Taiwan on circular economy

The Dutch representative is planning to visit heads of municipal governments in the following months

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The Dutch representative to Taiwan, Guy Wittich

The Dutch representative to Taiwan, Guy Wittich (Taiwan News photo)

TAICHUNG (Taiwan News) — For the year of 2019, the Dutch representative office in Taiwan anticipates further collaboration with both Taiwan’s central and municipal governments on the fields of circular economy, high technology, as well as cultural affairs.

Speaking at the Holland Pavilion, built by the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office in Taipei (NTIO) in partnership with 44 public and private entities in Taiwan and the Netherlands for the Taichung International Flora Exposition, the Dutch representative to Taiwan, Guy Wittich, said he will visit local governments on the island in the following months in hope of promoting the concept and applications of circular economy.

The Netherlands has been focused on the development of circular economy over the years. Wittich believes that the technology sector and various industries in Taiwan are already equipped with knowledge and techniques necessary for developing circular economy, and hence the Netherlands anticipates more cooperation with the nation.

On the other hand, Wittich encouraged the Taiwan government to be more open-minded and actively engaged in policy-making in favor of promoting circular economy.

In addition to working with central and municipal governments, the Netherlands this year will send delegations to take part in InnoVEX and SEMICON events hosted in Taipei, as part of its efforts to seek potential partnerships with Taiwan in start-ups, smart city, and semi-conductor industries.

Speaking of the Holland Pavilion, Wittich said it is estimated that 1.4 million visitors have visited this first circular building in Taiwan, about 70 percent of the total visitors that have toured the Houli Forest Expo Site.

The Dutch representative office is planning to host a week-long event during the Lunar New Year’s holidays at the Holland Pavilion, where a new wave of visitors will be able to see the Netherlands’ national flower, tulip, blossoming in central Taiwan.

► The Holland Pavilion at the Taichung International Flora Exposition (Source: NTIO)