Sat, Dec 06, 2003 - Page 10 News List

ECCT membership reaches record high

BY Bill Heaney  /  STAFF REPORTER

The European Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (ECCT) announced yesterday that its membership has reached a record high of 450 individuals and 270 companies, an increase of 50 members over last year.

The chamber also reported that it has seen improvements in seven out of the 22 issues it has presented to the Taiwan government through its committees this year.

ECCT alien resident certificate holders now enjoy faster immigration services at Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, customs regulations and the validation procedure for foreign drugs have been simplified, restrictions on Chinese working for overseas companies who need to visit or work in Taiwan have been lifted, and tariffs on ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages like Smirnoff Ice have been lifted, the chamber said in a statement.

An important development for the families of expatriates working here is that the campus for the Taipei European School's kindergarten and lower primary school in the suburb of Shihlin -- which belongs to the Ministry of Finance and has been earmarked for development -- has been secured for the next few years, according to the statement.

Another record achieved this year was the number of events organized by the chamber, the statement said. ECCT has hosted 150 events to date, including an intellectual property rights seminar in co-operation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and a seminar on the effects of WTO membership in China and Taiwan with Harvard University.

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