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BTCO in Taipei to receive new director

BTCO in Taipei  to receive new director

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) An official of the British Trade and Cultural Office (BTCO) in Taipei told CNA Thursday that David Campbell will be the successor to incumbent BTCO Taipei Director Michael Reilly, who is slated to leave the office Jan. 20.
According to the official, Reilly is slated to return to the United Kingdom no later than Jan. 20 and Campbell will take over BTCO operations from the beginning of February.
The official said the transfer is a routine matter consistent with BTCO protocols and added that a news conference on the issue will be held Jan. 19.
Meanwhile, U.K. Minister for Trade, Investment and Consumer Affairs Gareth Thomas is currently visiting Taiwan Jan. 14-16 to attend Taiwanese-British bilateral trade talks aimed at reducing regulations and improving market access for companies in both Taiwan and the U.K.
According to the official, as the World Trade Organization Committee on Government Procurement formally approved the accession of Taiwan -- under the name the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu -- to the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) Dec. 9, Thomas hopes to help British companies compete in the sectors of transport equipment, chemicals, manufactured goods, infrastructure and the 12 iTaiwan projects that are now open to international competition.
Thomas' visit to Taiwan is part of a regional visit that also includes Singapore, Vietnam, and Malaysia.
"Taiwan and other countries in Southeast Asia is a growing market for U.K. companies and my visit is proof that the British government is committed to doing all it can to help companies make the most of global opportunities, " the official quoted Thomas as saying at the start of his visit.
The GPA is designed to make laws, regulations, procedures and practices regarding government procurement more transparent and to ensure they do not protect domestic products or suppliers, or discriminate against foreign products or suppliers.
The BTCO in Taipei operates as the U.K.'s de facto embassy in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic relations.
(By Luis Yu)




Updated : 2021-05-17 00:37 GMT+08:00