Guiding Principles The UK will hold the Presidency of the EU from July to December 2005. We will look to deliver progress across the EU agenda by running an effective, impartial and business-like Presidency. We are working closely with Luxembourg, as the current Presidency, and Austria, who take on the Presidency after the UK, to ensure continuity in addressing the key challenges that face Europe today. We are also working closely with the Commission, the European Parliament and the other Member States. We will focus first and foremost on the EU agenda we inherit from the Luxembourg Presidency. We have
Starting from July 1, the United Kingdom held the EU Presidency and targeted on two main agendas which British Prime Minister Tony Blair had addressed: the future directions of the European Union and the financial budget that is the basis of EU, said an official representative at the British Trade & Culture Office. "It is a great privilege to be president of the European Union and a great opportunity to take forward various items of the agenda; it is also a challenging time to be the presidency of the Union as there are a few big issues on the
The European Union (EU) covers a large part of the continent of Europe, from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean Sea and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Aegean Sea. Though richly diverse, the countries that make up the EU (its 'member states') are all committed to the same fundamental values: peace, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. They seek to promote these values, to build and share prosperity and to exert their collective influence by acting together on the world stage. Over half a century, the Union has raised its citizens' standard of living
The 7th annual meeting of the Taiwan Britain Business Council (TBBC) took place in Taipei on 18 and 19 April. This year's event was very upbeat and a record number of attendees participated. The Taiwanese representation, led once again by Co-Chairman Leslie Koo, comprised of over 80 representatives from three key sectors which were the focus for this year's event: ICT, Biotechnology and Infrastructure. Financial and professional services were also covered. The UK side, chaired by Martin Barrow, comprised of around 70 representatives from companies and multipliers including: BT, Logica, AEA Technology, Balfour Beatty, Atking Rail, GSK, Rolls Royce, HSBC,
A NEW five-year development programme by the United Kingdom government aims to make the UK the most attractive place in the world for scientific research. The Creating Wealth From Knowledge programme drawn up by the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) makes it clear that science, innovation and technology will be the key to the UK's future industrial success. DTI Secretary of State explained: "The global economic map is being redrawn. China is becoming one of the world's largest economies; India is producing three million highly skilled graduates a year; and Central and Eastern European countries - with wages
From its humble beginnings after World War II with handcrafted production to its current status as a global player in woodworking machinery, the Taiwan machinery industry is now regarded more highly than others for its reliable quality, fast delivery and cost-efficient value. Taiwan has proven to be a resilient supplier and partner on the burgeoning global market. And as of 2003, Taiwan holds a strong fourth place in the worldwide production of woodworking machinery. Meanwhile, it's consolidated its third place ranking among global suppliers, with exports amounting to US$623.782 million-that's close behind Germany and Italy. In the meantime, Taiwan woodworking
After a three-year wait, the world of woodworking is back in a big way in Taipei! That's where a record number of exhibitors will use a record size venue at INTERWOOD TAIPEI, the 2005 Taipei International Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Show, to present the nation's sharpest edge in wood from July 1st to 4th at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Exhibition Hall. The pros are increasingly turning to Taiwan since they know that besides being the world's third largest exporter of woodworking equipment and supplies, it's the home of quality, innovation, and value. Such success has spelt rapid growth
A winning trio kicks off in mid-summer to cover the full menu of the food industry -- everything from machinery & technology to packaging, through to the vast world of food products and ingredients. The organizer, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) has tripled up these three top events this June 16 to 19 to offer largest, most efficient sourcing venue. That means triple prospects and business at the Taipei Int'l Food Show (FOOD TAIPEI) alongside the Taipei Int'l Food Machinery and Technology Show (FOODTECH TAIPEI), and the Taipei Int'l Packaging Industry Show (TAIPEI PACK). Success Tastes
The irresistible FOOD TAIPEI 2005 has arrived! This event that run from June 16th through 19, will once again take the lead in changing tastes with new flavors and concepts. This year's show brings together a record 32 national pavilions to display a world of flavor - and that's just one attractions! The organizer, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), has also prepared two brand new sections, A Taste of Cuisine and A Taste of Taiwan Wine. This is the best opportunity for foreign as well as local buyers and exhibitors to grasp a taste of genuine Taiwan cuisine and
"High-tech navigation systems, cameras, hybrid engines, sensors" - the modern automobile is a new creature that runs just as much on electronics as it does on petrol and mechanics. And Taiwan, with its global lead in both info tech (IT) and electronics, is leading the way in smart auto parts. That's why the boldest moves along with the best and broadest selection will be at Asia's largest event, the 2005 Taipei Int'l Auto/Motorcycle Parts & Accessories Show (TAIPEI AMPA'05), that ranks among the global top three. It brings into play the sharpest 850 exhibitors who are determined to redefine motoring
TAIPEI AMPA 2005 (the 2005 Taipei International Auto/Motorcycle Parts & Accessories Show) is back bigger and better this May 13th to 16th to offer the best event on automobile & motorcycle parts. This event, just keeps racing from success to success with the last show seeing 5,018 buyers, a 29% increase over the previous event. The spring show will build on this success by kicking off the trade season with an entire slate of new records for number of buyers, exhibitors, scale, and selection. Organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), TAIPEI AMPA has grown with the industry to
Summer is just round the corner, and many students and parents are making plans to study in Canada and the United States in July and August. Summer study travel can be a rewarding and un-forgetful experience, but you should take a few precautions and shop around to find the program that is perfectly suited to you and your needs! How to Pick a Program Before you start looking at different programs you should first ask yourself why you want to go study overseas. Is it a holiday? Do you want to improve your English for school? Or maybe you want
The Netherlands is a small country but its flat landscape offers wide, expansive vistas. Can the same be said of the country's intellectual life? Is the Netherlands a good destination for someone wishing to study abroad? Is it a good place to gain international experience? Dutch higher education institutions aims at international audience Certain facts speak for themselves. Altogether, the Dutch higher education institutions offer more than 1500 study programmes and courses conducted in English and aimed at an international audience. In 2001, parliament adopted a law that is making it possible for the institutions to replace the
Headed by Menno Goedhart, Netherlands Trade & Investment Office (NTIO) in Taiwan plays an important role to firm up commercial ties between the Netherlands and Taiwan. NTIO comprises three sections of Education, Trade and Agricultural & Food, and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, with a staff of 19 people. "Basically, NTIO is an office focused on the trade and investment relations between the Netherlands and Taiwan. And further, we also pull out all the stops to speed up the bilateral exchanges of education and culture for two sides," the Representative of NTIO, Mr. Goedhart talks about the primary function of
Studying North and South of the 49th has several meanings. In a western school setting, the pass/fail point is 50%; so being north of the 49th would indicate a passing grade in school. However, the true meaning of the title of this new series is a little more obscure -- the 49th parallel is, in fact, the demarcation line for the Canadian and America border. In the upcoming weeks this article will explore issues and information for students wanting to study on either side of the 49th parallel -- namely in Canada and the United States. Education
TIMTOS'05 KICKS OFF The 108 overseas exhibitors reflect the latest technology of 18 nations as diverse as the USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and Switzerland.
After a two-year wait, Asia's hottest show about machine tools is just one day away and warming up to re-define the industry. It's TIMTOS'05 and it's opening to record size this March 15 to 20 across the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 (Ground Floor and Second Floor), Hall 2 & Hall 3. Buyers will be able to source every facet of the industry at an event with 619 international and domestic exhibitors that will use 2,588 booths with a total 48,500 square meters of floor space - a 28% space increase over the previous show. The 107 overseas
Taiwan is a machine tool powerhouse. In fact, the machine tool industry is one of the island's largest industrial sectors. Machine tool production in Taiwan is now worth over US$2 billion a year, a figure that outshines even Switzerland in machine tool production. The 2005 Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS), held from March 15-20, leads the way as a one-stop center for the latest in machinery. In fact, the show is regarded as one of the world's premier machine tool exhibitions and is often way beyond supply - a reason to make sure you reserve a spot early on.
TAIPEI CYCLE '05 HITS THE ROAD! The annual event will be kicking off on March 4 and through March 7 in TWTC. There are five main activities will be launched during the show period including Summit Forum, Taipei Int'l Road Race, Cycle Business Tour in Central Taiwan, Taiwan Cycle Night and Tour of northeast Taiwan for overseas visitors.
TAIPEI CYCLE '05 is building upon the success of last spring's show and dedicating every inch of exhibition space to the precious cycle! Taiwan, the Kingdom of Bicycles, will welcome more than 600 companies to use 2,000 booths across the massive Exhibition Ground, its new 2nd floor Area H, and Exhibition Hall 3 in TWTC. TAIPEI CYCLE '05 will launch five main activities combining dynamic and static events. They are: Summit Forum at 10:30 am on March 4-Panelists: Stan Day, President of SRAM Willo Blome, President of COLIPED Fred Clement, President of NBDA, Hannes Neupert, President of Extra Engergy
Trade and Economic OfficeI should like to express my grateful thanks to Taipei Times for this opportunity of addressing its esteemed readers on the occasion of the Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty the King of Thailand. Every year, December 5th is the special day for the Thai people to celebrate the auspicious occasion of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Birthday Anniversary which is regarded the National's Day as well. This year marks His Majesty's 77th Birthday Anniversary and is His Majesty's the 58th year of the reign. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Guam is one of the most popular holiday destinationsfor Asian tourists. It attracts more than 1 million tourists every year with more that 80% of them coming from Japan followed by Korea and Taiwan. According to statistics complied by the Guam Visitors Bureau Taiwan Marketing Representative Office, there are six exciting activities that Taiwan's tourists rank best: the Sandcastle show, the Pacific Islands Club, the Alupang Beach Club, the Atlantis Submarine, scuba diving and adult dance shows. Among them, the top two activities are the Sandcastle Show and the Pacific Islands Club. In addition, the Greyhound Park is also a wildly popular