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Boosting Taipei business growth
Published on: Friday, December 08, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: About 40 Taiwanese businessmen from Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Taiwan will participate in the East Malaysia Taiwan Food Expo 2017 from tomorrow (Dec 9) to Dec 17 at Palm Square in Centre Point Sabah, here, from 10am to 9pm daily.The inaugural event is being organised by the Taipei Investors' Association in Malaysia (Tiam).

Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai has been invited to officially open the Expo at 11am on Saturday.

Speaking at a press conference, Thursday, President of Tiam East Malaysia Standing Committee, Sherry Song, said it is jointly co-organised and co-sponsored by herself, the Vice-President of Tiam, Yeh Tsung Hsin, General Manager of Pan-Pacific Construction Holdings Sdn Bhd, Chang Tsai Chun, and Managing Director of Zara's Boutique Hotel, Eliza Goh.

"We (Tiam East Malaysia Standing Committee) are organising this event on behalf of Taiwanese businessmen mainly for the purpose of promoting cultural exchange and economic development between Taiwan and Malaysia.

It is supported by Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK).

"We hope to boost business growth in Taiwan's food processing industry towards attracting more Taiwanese businessmen to invest in Malaysia," she said.

According to Song, Malaysia has emerged as one of the 10 largest trade partners with Taiwan in recent years.

"Taiwan's business investments in Malaysia have also increased over the last few years."

There is longstanding ties between Malaysia and Taiwan in the education sector as reflected in the number of Malaysians pursuing tertiary education there today, Song said. "Some 16,000 Malaysians (including from Sabah) are currently studying in colleges and universities in Taiwan."

Yeh, who also spoke, said certain Taiwan-made food products and beverages are very popular among Malaysian consumers in Sabah. The Expo will feature a wide range of imported food items such as cooked food (meat), vegetarian food, drinks, noodles, shortbread, snacks and fresh produce in cold storage.

Confirming this, Chang said Sabahans who had studied in Taiwan missed the food there, while calling on them to patronise the Expo as a show of support. - Mary Chin



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