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French Office Director Guidee awarded Medal of Economic Contribution
Organization: Department of International Cooperation        Publish Date: 2019-07-25 15:00
Minister of Economic Affairs Jong-Chin Shen conferred the Medal of Economic Contribution on French Office in Taipei Director Benoit Guidee in a presentation ceremony held at the Ministry of Economic Affairs on July 25, 2019.

Mr. Guidee was presented with the medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Ministry, in recognition of his outstanding dedication to and achievements in promoting closer economic, trade, industry and investment ties between Taiwan and the France while serving as France's top envoy in Taiwan over the past four years.

In his speech at the ceremony, Minister Shen noted that as Director Guidee is fluent in Chinese and has traveled extensively around Taiwan, he has a broad understanding of the local situation on the ground and is therefore the best bridge for exchanges between Taiwan and France in all facets and areas.

Minister Shen pointed out that Director Guidee has ceaselessly promoted closer ties between Taiwan and France on many fronts during his term. For example, he has actively worked to form contact channels between Taiwanese and French enterprises and organizations in sectors being promoted for development under Taiwan's "five plus two" innovative industries program.

Furthermore, Director Guidee has actively promoted French participation in and the setting up of a French Pavilion at the InnoVEX of annual Computex Taipei trade fair, thereby helping to enhance startup exchanges between Taiwan and France. He has also facilitated substantive cooperation between French companies and Taiwan local governments in a wide range of areas, including green energy, entrepreneurship and innovation, and smart city development.

Minister Shen also thanked Director Guidee for his valuable assistance in ensuring the smooth holding of various official bilateral dialogue forums, such as the Taiwan-France Trade Talks, Taiwan-France Industrial Cooperation Consultation Meeting, and Taiwan-France Agricultural Working Group Meeting.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Director Guidee thanked the Ministry of Economic Affairs for actively promoting closer economic cooperation between Taiwan and France, noting that there has been significant progress in this regard in a number of fields in recent years, including digital economy, green technology and energy, and transport and aerospace. He also stressed that with the rising wave of innovation in Europe and the ongoing restructuring of value chains in Asia, there is now an ideal opportunity for establishing an even closer economic partnership between Taiwan and Europe in general and France in particular.

Director Guidee further said that with France's strengths in software and Taiwan's hardware strengths, the two sides have formed a strong complementary partnership, adding that it is important for them to connect their ecosystems in order to strengthen their mutual understanding and cooperation. He also expressed confidence that even closer bilateral economic ties will be forged as both the EU and France are interested in working with Taiwan under its "five plus two" innovative industries program.

The award presentation ceremony was held in the MOEA's main auditorium, with dozens of prominent officials from Taiwan and France as well as representatives of various countries taking part in the event.

Department of International Cooperation, MOEA
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