New Austrian commerce rep excited about posting


TAIPEI–The next director of Austria’s Commercial Office in Taipei, Christian Fuchssteiner, said that he is enthusiastic about taking up his new post in Taiwan.

“Taiwan is really a fascinating island with very friendly people, lush nature, very diverse and dynamic culture, and last but not least, exquisite food,” Fuchssteiner said during a welcome party in Taipei earlier in the week.

“Coming here now is almost like a dream come true,” he added.

Fuchssteiner will succeed Walter Hofle as his country’s trade delegate to Taiwan on Sept. 1. The Austrian Commercial Office handles economic and trade issues between Austria and Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations.

The new trade delegate said he has had a very good impression of Taiwan since he first came in July 2005 to spend a year learning Chinese.

“I hope to have the opportunity to see much more in the future and cooperate and further intensify relations between Taiwan and Austria,” he said.