Sixty-six companies expressed the willingness to invest a total of NT$166 billion (US$5.3 billion) in Taiwan over the next three years at the 2016 Taiwan Business Alliance Conference held in Taipei on Monday, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said.
The potential investment, 6.4 percent more than the amount pledged last year, is expected to create 15,458 jobs, the ministry said.
The ministry signed letters of intent with 20 of the companies for investments totaling NT$105 billion over the next three years.
Vivian Lien (???), director-general of the MOEA's Investment Commission, said the United States had the most companies pledging investment with 22, followed by Europe and Japan with 20 and 18, respectively.
The government's focus on five innovative industries -- green energy, an Asian Silicon Valley, biomedicine, smart machinery, and defense and aeronautics -- has attracted interest from foreign companies, Lien said, with 60 percent of the pledged investment directed at them.
Among them, Dong Energy of Denmark looked favorably on the prospects for offshore wind power and is planning to invest in Taiwan's wind farms.
It stressed that the investment would be long-term and that it could be years before the first wind farm is established.
Macquarie Group of Australia also expressed interest in investing in wind mills and could invest an estimated NT$25 billion -- the most of any of the investors that were willing to divulge their names.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel