The top British representative in Taiwan said yesterday he was pleased with the progress in bilateral relations during his term in Taiwan and expressed confidence that the two countries would forge even closer links.
Michael Reilly, director of the Taipei-based British Trade and Cultural Office (BTCO), was speaking at a press conference held before he concludes his term in Taiwan. He credited the BTCO staff, whom he described as “very loyal, devoted and hard-working,” with providing help and support that contributed to these achievements.
“I leave Taiwan very pleased with the growth in bilateral links between the UK and Taiwan,” Reilly said, referring to Taiwan’s establishment last year of a UK parliamentary friendship group — the second-largest of its kind.
He said that bilateral contacts had increased, with reciprocal ministerial visits rising over the past few years, adding that he expected this trend to continue.
Reilly said that the UK welcomed Taiwan’s public commitment to cutting its carbon emissions levels, its accession to the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement and President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) efforts to reduce tensions across the Taiwan Strait.
However, much more remains to be done, Reilly said, urging the Legislative Yuan to facilitate the passage of bills aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and abolishing the death penalty to demonstrate that Taiwan is a liberal democracy.
As for his successor, who will take over on Feb. 3, Reilly said David Campbell was no stranger to Asia, as he had previous postings in Manila and Singapore.
“I think he is an excellent choice for Taipei. I’m very confident that he will carry on with the work that we have been doing in my time here,” Reilly said.
Describing his service in Taiwan as his most enjoyable ever, Reilly said he would leave this “fascinating country” with good memories and will miss it a lot.
Reilly, who took up his post as BTCO director in December 2005, will officially conclude his term in Taiwan today. He will join a program of the British foreign office to work in the private sector on his return to the UK.
The BTCO functions as the defacto British embassy in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the UK.
From the customer’s perspective, car rental is a straightforward business. The only uncertainty is whether the hire company will charge you for the scratch they discover when you hand back the vehicle. Hertz Global Holdings Inc’s bankruptcy protection filing on Friday last week was a reminder that today even the simplest business models are underpinned by a lot more financial complexity than meets the eye. The proximate cause of Hertz’s demise was of course the sudden collapse in bookings caused by COVID-19 travel restrictions. The company’s monthly revenue last month fell 73 percent year-on-year, a shortfall that even the most resilient
Uber Technologies Inc, Lyft Inc and Airbnb Inc have slashed thousands of jobs. Salesforce.com Inc and Visa Inc are letting employees work remotely for months; Twitter Inc and Square Inc are allowing them to do so for good. For the companies’ hometown of San Francisco, the moves are early signs of a dire blow. In a city with a long history of booms, busts and natural calamities, the COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly upended nearly a decade of prosperity. While municipalities across the US are grappling with economic fallout from the virus, San Francisco stands to take a deeper hit given its high
BULK PURCHASE: The French chain and Hong Kong-based Dairy Farm International reached a deal covering 224 stores, which is expected to be finalized by year’s end Carrefour SA yesterday announced it would acquire Wellcome Taiwan Co (惠康百貨) for 97 million euros (US$108.33 million), and bring all the Wellcome supermarkets (頂好超市) and Jasons Market Place stores nationwide under its banner within 12 months of the deal closing. The France-based hypermarket chain reached an agreement with Hong Kong-based Dairy Farm International Holdings (牛奶國際控股), the pan-Asian retailer that launched Wellcome Taiwan in 1987. The transaction involves 199 Wellcome supermarkets, which have average sales areas of 420m2 and 25 high-end Jasons Market Place stores, which have an average sales area of 820m2, as well as a warehouse in Taoyuan, Carrefour Taiwan (家樂福)
‘ONE-STOP SHOP’: A Miaoli official said that the factory in the Jhunan section of the Hsinchu Science Park would create more than 1,000 jobs and boost prosperity A new high-end IC packaging and testing plant planned by contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) in Miaoli County is expected to start operations in the middle of next year, Miaoli County Commissioner Hsu Yao-chang (徐耀昌) said. Hsu wrote on Facebook that TSMC, the world’s largest pure wafer foundry operator, would invest NT$303.2 billion (US$10.1 billion) to build the plant, the largest-ever single investment in Taiwan. However, TSMC declined to disclose the financial terms of the deal, while a company board meeting on May 12 approved a spending plan worth NT$168.2 billion as part of its investment plans. Construction of the