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Indian officials to visit Taiwan for solar power deal

Staff Writer, with cnA, NEW DELHI

The head of Taiwan’s largest trade delegation yet to India said on Friday that officials from the South Asian country could visit Taiwan within the next two months to further solar power cooperation.

Indian officials have expressed keen interest in cooperating with Taiwan in the areas of renewable energy, communications and information technology, Council for Economic Planning and Development Minister Christina Liu (劉憶如) told reporters in New Delhi.

Liu made the remark after she and the 90-member Taiwanese delegation ended a five-day tour of India, which began on Monday, to explore business opportunities between the two countries.

DELEGATION

According to Liu, Indian New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah hopes to send a delegation to Taiwan late next month or early in April to finalize details of the cooperation on solar power.

To prepare for that meeting, Liu asked her delegation to begin planning the specifics of cooperation as soon as they return to Taiwan.

Official figures indicate that trade between Taiwan and India has room to grow. The total volume of trade between Taiwan and India stood at NT$190.69 billion (US$6.4 billion) last year, accounting for less than 1.5 percent of Taiwan’s total foreign trade volume.

REDISCOVERY

Liu said her trip to India marks the beginning of greater, long-term cooperation between the two countries.

“It’s like the partnership has been lost for a long time, and has been rediscovered,” said Liu, adding that she expects to see many future visits to India by Taiwanese officials and business leaders.

The delegation, the largest Taiwan has ever organized to India, held investment presentations and met with local businesses in New Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad over the period of their stay.

The meetings focused on six sectors, including green energy, technology, bio-medicine, smart electric cars, land development and digital content.

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