Trade Office of Swiss Industries Taipei (TOSI) celebrated the Switzerland National Day on August 1st in a special way, inviting guests from various embassies, representative offices and other important personages in Taiwan to enjoy the Zurich Sing Academy (Zürcher Sing-Akademie) concert at the national concert hall in Taipei after the cocktail reception.
The director of Trade Office of Swiss Industries Taipei, Mr.Rolf Frei said the Zurich Sing Academy (Zürcher Sing-Akademie) was invited by the Taipei International Choral Festival to perform in Taipei and he discussed with the organizer if the concert could be arranged on the Switzerland National Day on August 1st. Mr.Frei said this is a unique experience where some 200 guests could enjoy the concert with the rest of the 1200 Taiwanese audience and celebrated the national day at the same time.
Mr.Rolf Frei said his mission in Taiwan is to promote trade and tourism and in November, he will organize an innovation forum with speakers and experts to give speeches on innovation in Switzerland. He hopes the forum will bring together more cooperation between Taiwan and Switzerland in the field of innovation. Innovation is the engine of economic growth in a knowledge-based economy and Taiwan is making the transition to an innovation-based economy while Switzerland is one of the world’s most innovative countries, according to the Global Innovation Index 2017.
Hikmet Çetinkaya‘s Oil Painting Exhibition- Poppies of Remembrance-In Memory of the Fallen in Gallipoli opens in Taiwan to commemorate the soldiers killed in Gallipoli, Turkey. Volunteers from Australia and New Zealand provided help for the British-led army as the Allies tried to knock the German-allied Ottoman Empire out of the war in 1915. The Turks eventually drove the Allies off their land in a bloody war claiming the lives of 250,000 Turkish soldiers and more than 100,000 allied soldiers, mostly from Australia and New Zealand.
Ambassador Ismet Erikan, the Representative of the Turkish Trade Office in Taipei said Hikmet Çetinkaya is famous for poppy paintings and each poppy represents one fallen soldier. The exhibition in Taipei at Dr.Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall runs from May 5th to May 21st.
Bridge 268 is a campaign in Taiwan to collect used shoes, used sneakers, backpacks and second hand English reading books for children between 7-12 years old in Swaziland, a small country in southern Africa. The charity donation drive was organized by Ms.Zeethu Dlamini, wife of the ambassador of the Kingdom of Swaziland in Taiwan. Ms.Zeethu Dlamini said she hopes to collect 200 used shoes, sneakers and backpacks for 200 students in Swaziland and her idea is to help one school at a time.
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The UK is the world leader in offshore wind, with 5 GW operating today and with more than one million jobs created in this sector. Taiwan and the UK signed an MOU on renewable energy in 2016 with the hope to work together on the development of offshore wind energy in Taiwan. Taiwan’s government plans to phase out nuclear power plants and have an energy mix of containing 50% natural gas, 30% coal and 20% renewable energy by 2025. The development of offshore wind energy has been the focus and the government’s long-term goal is to raise Taiwan’s offshore-wind power capacity to 3GW by 2025.
Apart from science and technology, Taiwan and the UK have forged cooperation in many other areas. Ms.Catherine Nettleton, the representative of the British Office in Taipei said this year, the UK is going to send a team of around 200 athletes to Taiwan to take part in the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade or World University Games adding that It is an opportunity to build sporting links with Taiwan through “SPORT is GREAT” campaign.
Video of pre-interview with Ms.Catherine Nettleton
The representative of the British Office in Taipei, Ms.Catherine Nettleton, said the UK will remain an open economy that attracts a lot of investment and will aim for the freest possible relationship with former EU partners once the UK leaves the EU. The UK will continue to have strong economic social ties with the rest of Europe and will address the challenge of leaving the EU so that disruption could be minimized.
Ms.Catherine Nettleton said Brexit will not have any impact on Taiwan-UK existing relations, but instead Taiwan and the UK will continue to enjoy vibrant exchanges including cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, science, education and renewable energy.
Video of pre-interview with Ms.Catherine NettletonMore