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2020-07-23 16:27
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Netherlands Office Representative Wittich awarded Medal of Economic Contribution

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Netherlands Office Representative Wittich awarded Medal of Economic Contribution
Minister of Economic Affairs Mei-Hua Wang conferred the Medal of Economic Contribution on Netherlands Office Taipei Representative Guy Wittich in a presentation ceremony held at the Ministry of Economic Affairs on July 23, 2020.

Representative Wittich was presented with the medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Ministry, in recognition of his outstanding dedication to and achievements in promoting closer bilateral economic, trade, industry and investment ties while serving as the Netherlands’ top envoy in Taiwan over the past five years.

In her speech at the ceremony, Minister Wang noted that Representative Wittich has been associated with Taiwan for 30 years, is fluent in Chinese, and has a broad and deep understanding of Taiwan affairs, making him the best bridge for exchanges between Taiwan and the Netherlands in a wide range of areas.

Minister Wang noted that Representative Wittich has tirelessly promoted closer ties between Taiwan and Netherlands on many fronts during his term. For example, he played a key role in facilitating participation by more than two dozen Dutch companies in Taiwan’s offshore wind development, and was instrumental in boosting bilateral circular economy cooperation, perhaps best symbolized by the Holland Pavilion, Taiwan’s first truly “circular” building, at the 2018 World Flora Expo in Taichung.

In addition,he has actively facilitated exchanges of visits by government officials, trade and investment missions, and private organizations between the two sides, as well as participation in each other’s trade fairs, such as the InnoVEX startup event held during Computex Taipei.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Representative Wittich thanked Minister Wang for helping improve Taiwan’s international trade and investment environment and for her important role in promoting Taiwan-Dutch economic cooperation and inter-ministerial coordination. He also thanked the Ministry of Economic Affairs team for contributing to such achievements.

Representative Wittich expressed confidence that the two sides will continue to deepen their cooperation in various fields and that bilateral trade will continue to grow steadily. Furthermore, it is expected that more and more Dutch enterprises will set up operations in Taiwan in the future, and the two sides will continue to expand their high-tech R&D, circular economy and city-to-city exchanges, he added.

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