MOFA details new outreach to boost export markets

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Wed, Jan 01, 2014 - Page 3

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said it will reach out to at least 24 countries this year to promote exports and attract foreign investors.

Department of Economic and Trade Affairs Director-General John Lai (賴建中) told a regular news briefing that the ministry plans to target emerging markets it believes have long-term potential growth.

These include the 10 members of ASEAN, Middle Eastern states, Central and Eastern European nations, East Africa and countries on the Balkan Peninsula, Lai said.

The ministry sees Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Peru, Malaysia, Russia and Poland as priorities, as well as the nation’s 22 diplomatic allies, Lai said.

In conjunction with Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, a non-profit organization supported by government, the ministry will send commercial delegations to the target nations, or host trade shows in those countries, Lai said.

The association has cooperative relations with trade organizations and chambers of industry and commerce worldwide.

Council for Economic Planning and Development Minster Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) recently said that the Cabinet was planning region-oriented strategies to boost export markets.