Taiwan to highlight industrial advantages at forum


TAIPEI — Taiwan is scheduled to hold a forum in Manila next week to brief participants about the advantages of industrial development as a way of attracting foreign clients into buying local products, the central bank, one of the event’s organizers, said Friday.

More than 30 representatives from 10 local manufacturers, representing a wide range of industries, such as electronics, green energy and civil engineering sectors, will meet their potential buyers at the forum, the central bank said.

The local participants will include fla-panel maker AU Optronics Corp., solar panel supplier DJ Solar Co., thin film photovoltaic module producer NextPower Technology Corp., and CECI Engineering Consultants Inc., the central bank said.

The bank said about 100 foreign potential buyers are expected to attend the forum, adding that organizers of the forum have arranged one-on-one meetings for local firms and foreign attendants, to help them seize possible business opportunities.

In addition to the central bank, the organizers of the forum include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.

The forum is slated to open on March 19, a day before the fourth annual Asian Development Bank Business Opportunities Fair, which will be held from March 20 to 21, the central bank said.

The central bank added that organizers of the forum want to take advantage of the ADB fair and the forum as an opportunity that will allow local exporters to meet more potential buyers at a time when many participants, including government officials and business leaders from the ADB’s member countries, want to make their presence felt.

The central bank said Taiwan will also aim to win business contracts from the ADB’s projects.

In 2010 and 2011, business opportunities stemming from the ADB’s programs totaled US$6.9 billion (NT$205 billion) and NT$7.4 billion, respectively, according to the central bank.