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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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On 21 October, the ECCT arranged a Premium Event lunch featuring guest speaker Klaus Baader, Chief Asia Pacific Economist for Societe Generale. In his presentation at the event, Baader said that he is optimistic on the economic prospects for the United States (US) and Japan and somewhat pessimistic on the outlook for Europe and China.
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
This year’s Gala Ball, held on 4 October and themed "An Evening on Mount Olympus", was inspired by the rich mythical and cultural heritage of Greece. Once again, the event lived up to its reputation as the highlight of Taipei’s annual social calendar by providing entertainment fit for Greek Gods.
Thursday, 25 September 2014

 
On 25 September, the ECCT hosted a Special Lunch on the topic: "Europe and ASEAN: A perspective from the newly-incorporated EU-ASEAN Business Council". The event featured an introduction to the EU-ASEAN Business Council presented by its chairman, Francois Guibert, who also concurrently works as Executive Vice President & President of the Greater China & South Asia Region for STMicroelectronics.
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014
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On 24 September the ECCT's Tax committee hosted a lunch to provide an update and outlook of the OECD's Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (BEPS) action plans. The event featured presentations by Cees Van der Helm, Tax Partner at KPMG, The Netherlands; Lorene Chen, Tax Director at KPMG Taiwan and Ellen Ting from KPMG Taiwan.
Monday, 22 September 2014

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On 22 September, the ECCT’s Healthcare Enhancement committee held a lunch meeting with guest speaker Chen Rui-ying, Counselor of the Taiwan Hospital Association. Counselor Chen gave a speech about the latest global budget and expenditure and the expected impact on healthcare industries in Taiwan. Global budgeting refers to direct government funding of the entire budgets of hospitals, introduced by the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) in order to reduce unnecessary spending. Under the global budget system, there is an expenditure cap in each medical field. If the total services performed exceed the field's budget quota, the reimbursement ratio is reduced, thereby shrinking payments for each service performed. Though the primary goal of the global budget is to reduce unnecessary waste of medical resources, the industry has observed some negative impacts this mechanism has had on the quality of healthcare. The event provided the opportunity for members to be briefed on the current status and expected spending next year.
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