Taipei-A Taiwan-U.S. trade networking center conceived to serve the business sectors of the two countries and boost bilateral trade opened in Taipei on Wednesday.
James Huang (???), head of the government-sponsored Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), which is in charge of the center's management, said the new Taiwan-USA Trade and Investment Networking Center is targeted primarily at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Many SMEs have wanted to expand business with the United States but lacked a networking platform they could consult to figure out how to achieve that goal, Huang said at the center's opening ceremony.
The government-sponsored trade promotion group therefore decided to establish the center to serve as a semi-official channel to advise and assist Taiwan and American enterprises in expanding two-way trade, Huang said.
TAITRA is also planning to open another center in Las Vegas in mid-2020 to focus on collaboration with U.S.-based logistics companies to establish distribution channels, he said.
It is now looking for potential locations on the East Coast for a third center, Huang said.
Brent Christensen, the director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), praised the opening of the center, which is "designed to be a one-stop, all-purpose platform" to help businesses on both sides expand cooperation.
According to TAITRA, the Taipei-based networking center will work closely with partners in Taiwan and in the U.S., including AIT, representative offices of American states in Taiwan, the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei, and the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council, to further promote bilateral trade opportunities.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel