Wednesday, 4 December 2013
On 4 December David Lin, Senior Writer of Car Guide, gave a presentation at a lunch arranged by the Automotive committee. Lin provided a comprehensive breakdown of sales in various automotive segments during 2013 and gave some hints on which vehicles to watch
Taiwan is a relatively small market. It is ranked seventh in Asia (although the rankings provided by Lin excluded China) after Japan (No.1 with 3.5 million in car sales from January to August 2013), India (2.2 million), South Korea (1.03 million), Thailand,
Indonesia and Malaysia. Compared to last year, sales of cars in Taiwan have risen by 0.7% to 304,749 units (based on figures from January to October 2013).
Monday, 2 December 2013
On 2 December the ECCT's Cosmetics committee hosted a lunch featuring guest speaker Josephine Cheng, Senior Director for Yahoo! Shopping Mall. Cheng spoke about trends in mobile commerce.
Mobile devices are ubiquitous, not just among the youth but given the ease of use of today’s smart phones, tablets and hybrid phablets, even older people not familiar with technology are using them. This is leading more consumers to shop online. Mobile media
is the only media segment that is still growing compared to mature media segments - TV, radio and print.
Friday, 29 November 2013
On 29 November the ECCT held its Annual General Meeting. At the meeting ECCT members voted in new boards of directors and supervisors for 2014. The boards will serve a one-year term. Giuseppe Izzo, General Manager of STMicroelectronics will serve as Chairman
of the ECCT’s board of directors in 2014 for the second consecutive year.
In his annual report to members at the AGM, ECCT Chairman Giuseppe Izzo reported that 2013 was a very successful year for the chamber. “The chamber regularly engaged with the Executive Yuan throughout the year, helping to further promote members’ business interests.
Membership rose to over 800 individual members and the quality and participation at events remained very high,” he said. In addition, the chamber successfully completed the transition to a nationwide association and began expanding its outreach to local governments
across Taiwan. This included face to face meetings and other activities with the mayors and city governments of Taichung, Tainan, Taoyuan County and Kaohsiung.
Monday, 2 December 2013
The ECCT's 2013 Christmas lunch, held directly after the chamber’s AGM, had a distinctive pan-European flavour. The programme featured some old favourites but also a few new items from different parts of Europe. To start off festivities, instead of Champagne,
guests enjoyed warm mulled wine, accompanied by gingerbread cookies. Mulled wine is red wine combined with spices and served warm. It is a popular Christmas favourite in many parts of Europe. In Scandinavia it is called glogg while in Germany and Austria
it is known as gluhwein. Guests got into the spirit of Christmas by pulling Christmas crackers, popular in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Countries as part of Christmas celebrations. The lunch menu featured roast turkey, a favourite in the UK.
Friday, 22 November 2013
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On 22 November Dr Lee Hong-Yuan, Minister of the Ministry of Interior was the guest speaker at an ECCT Premium Event lunch. Lee spoke about Taiwan's experience in planning for a coping with climate change.
In less than 20 years from now, the human population is expected to rise by two billion. This will result in numerous challenges including food production (which will need to be increased by 40%), a shortage of water, water pollution, higher energy needs, over-fishing,
deforestation, reduction of biodiversity, global epidemics, climate change, poverty and risks of financial crises and international conflicts.