Chinese official to lead high-profile procurement delegation to Taiwan


TAIPEI–A high-profile delegation, which will be headed by Chinese Industry and Information Technology Vice Minister Liu Lihua, will arrive in Taiwan Sunday for a procurement visit, according to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

The 60-member delegation will be made up of Chinese officials and representatives of heavyweight Chinese enterprises in the automobile manufacturing, information technology and telecommunication sectors, the semi-official organization devoted to trade promotion said in a statement dated Aug. 22.

“It will be the biggest event this year in term of the exchanges between the high-tech industries from the two sides across Taiwan Strait,” the TAITRA said.

Members of the procurement group will include representatives of Changan Automobile, Fujian Histron, Dongfeng Motor, iSoftStone and Lenovo, the TAITRA noted.

The Chinese delegation will attend a TAITRA-organized procurement workshop and conference on cross-strait high-tech industrial investment and cooperation in Taipei on Aug. 30.

The conference will also draw the participation of three major Chinese telecommunication services providers — China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom, the statement said.

TAITRA said it expects purchases by the Chinese delegation will surpass the US$220 million made by a similar procurement group from China last year, which was led by another Chinese vice minister of industry and information technology, Yang Xueshan.

This year, the Chinese buyers will likely purchase products ranging from automobile parts and components and industrial automation resolutions to software and hardware IT products and panels, TAITRA said.