European development bank to hold investment forum in Taiwan (Taiwan News)

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will hold an investment forum in Taipei next month to apprise Taiwanese entrepreneurs of business opportunities in emerging markets. The forum on Sept. 8 will highlight business opportunities in Turkey, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Romania, said Michael Hsu (???), director-general of the Department of International Organizations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a news conference Thursday. Thomas Maier, managing director for infrastructure at the bank, and other EBRD officials will lead the discussions, Hsu said. He said one-on-one meetings with the EBRD officials will also be arranged for representatives of Taiwanese companies to learn more about investing in those emerging markets. “Representatives from more than 70 Taiwanese companies have registered for the forum,” including participants from the green energy, information and communications technology, and infrastructure sectors, Hsu said. “The forum will also help strengthen the partnership between Taiwan and the EBRD,” he said. The goals of the EBRD, which is headquartered in London, are to promote economic development, market-oriented economies, multi-party democracy and private entrepreneurial ventures. Since the EBRD’s establishment in 1991, it has been working with Taiwan to help countries in Central and Eastern Europe transform into market economies. As of December 2014, the technical cooperation between Taiwan and the EBRD had funded 271 projects, which have given Taiwanese businesses a chance to participate in projects in developing countries, Hsu said. (By Elaine Hou)