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Thursday, 28 January 2016

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On 28 January 2016 over 50 ECCT members and guests travelled to Taoyuan for a lunch meeting with Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan and senior officials from the Taoyuan City Government. The trip was arranged as part of the chamber’s mission as a nationwide association to increase cooperation with municipal governments all across Taiwan. At the lunch the mayor gave a detailed presentation about Taoyuan City and his administration’s development plans. He also answered questions from members about investment opportunities. After the presentation members enjoyed lunch and engaged freely with the mayor and officials, who were seated at different tables at the venue.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016

On 27 January 2016 the ECCT's Healthcare Enhancement committee hosted a lunch with speaker Dr Chu Da-chen, Deputy Superintendent of Taipei City Hospital (TPECH). TPECH is a full-service medical institution that is the result of a merger of ten municipal hospital branches in Taipei City into one unit, making it the largest healthcare organization in Northern Taiwan. Dr Chu spoke about the subject of public hospital management in Taipei, with a special focus on palliative care.
Friday, 22 January 2016

On 22 January 2016 the ECCT's Corporate Social Responsibility committee jointly hosted a lunch with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Taipei on the topic "Global CSR development with a special focus on China" with guest speaker Bengt Johansson, Former CSR Ambassador of Sweden; CEO of New Context & Adjunct Professor at Shanghai University. Johansson gave an overview of the EU directive on CSR reporting and negotiations about a binding international treaty on business and human rights and spoke about the CSR situation in mainland China.
Tuesday, 19 January 2016

From 14-16 December 2015 an ECCT delegation headed by ECCT Chairman Bernd Barkey and CEO Freddie Hoglund travelled to Brussels, Belgium for its annual Open Door Mission to the European Commission (EC) and other institutions. The objective of the annual trip is to exchange information and promote the expansion of EU-Taiwan trade and business development in Taiwan and the EU. During the mission, the ECCT delegation met with a number of senior officials from the EC and several other important organisations including BusinessEurope (the pan-European federation of European industries), the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), Silicon Europe, Digital Europe and the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
On 13 January 2016 an ECCT delegation which included CEO Freddie Hoglund and Co-Chairs of the Central Taiwan committee, Jules Chuang, Bart Linssen and Martin Clarke visited Huang Ho-ting, Director of the Taichung City Government’s Bureau of Labour Affairs. It was the chamber’s first meeting with the bureau. The main purpose of the meeting was to introduce the ECCT’s Central Taiwan committee to the director and to invite her to be the guest of honour at a forthcoming committee lunch to be arranged later in the year. In addition, delegates discussed recent amendments to the Labour Standards Law and the city’s implementation of the law, including the possibility for a more flexible interpretation of rules on recording working hours and accounting for driving time.
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