2014 EU-Taiwan Service Industry Seminar
2014 臺歐服務業研討會   (中文請詳見本網頁下半部)

Taipei, 6 
November 2014  
The European Economic and Trade Office (EETO), together with the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), the European Business Regulatory Cooperation (EBRC) programme and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) hosted a field of distinguished service industry experts at its 2014 EU-Taiwan Service Industry Seminar. The seminar, attended by 186 representatives of European and Taiwanese industries, government authorities, and academia, showcased insights in three service industry areas: Finance, ICT - Smart Cities, and Distribution, brought together service industry experts to share information on international trends of the industry, and to explore opportunities and challenges accompanying the rise in trade in services between the EU and Taiwan. This seminar provided a forum for all stakeholders to increase their understanding of regulatory and trade issues, facilitate EU-Taiwan cooperation in service industries and enhance the development of Taiwan’s service industry.

Cho Shih-Chao (卓士昭), Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Frédéric Laplanche, Head of the EETO, and Walter Yeh (葉明水), Executive Vice President of TAITRA delivered opening remarks at the seminar by welcoming greater information exchanges and future cooperation between Europe and Taiwan.

Mr Cho stated that the services sector contributed 68.3% to Taiwan’s GDP in 2013. The three major service industries are Wholesale and Retail Trade, Transportation and Storage, and Accommodation and Food Services, which account for 24.46% of GDP. This shows that the service industry has become an important driver of Taiwan’s economic growth. He added that the objective of the seminar is to open up vast opportunities for cooperation between the EU and Taiwan, and is expected to facilitate continuous collaboration and bilateral dialogue on the service industry.

Mr Laplanche stated that trade in services is an increasingly important sector for the economy both in Taiwan and the EU, and this is reflected in EU-Taiwan bilateral trade figures. In 2012, total trade in services between the EU and Taiwan increased by 8.9% year on year to €7.95bn. While the EU and Taiwan have a well-structured and comprehensive dialogue, he noted that this was the first time that the EU and Taiwan had co-hosted a seminar of this kind dedicated to the services industry.

Mr Yeh declared that the major contributors of Taiwan’s service exports are tourism, transportation and logistics, and financial services. He added that the MICE industry (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibition) is also an area where Taiwan and the EU are both doing quite well. According to the UFI (Global Association of the Exhibition Industry), Taiwan hosted 89 major exhibition events in 2013, and was ranked number 6 Asia. As the EU is a world leader in the MICE industry, he said that this is an area where Taiwan can learn much from the EU.

 

The event hosted experts from both the EU and Taiwan. The European experts shared presentations on the current negotiation of a TiSA (Trade in Services Agreement), in the framework of WTO, of which both Taiwan and the EU are negotiating parties; on the opening up of the financial industry; an overview of private sector experience in UK; the key elements in global value chains of smart cities; and the distribution services trend in Europe and the greater China area. Experts from Taiwan introduced how to cultivate business growth by listing in Taiwan, the future development of smart cities, cooperation opportunities between the EU and Taiwan, and the globalization on Taiwan distribution services.

 

Each session was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by Cheng Cheng-Mount (鄭貞茂), President, Taiwan Academy of Banking and Finance (TABF); Stanley Wang (王志翔), Deputy Director General of the International Division, Institute for Information Industry (III); and Chou Ting-Jui (周庭銳), Director General, Marketing and Consumer Behavior Research Division, Commerce Development Research Institute (CDRI), respectively, and participated in by all the speakers of each session. The discussion expanded on several topics raised over the course of the seminar. The lively panel discussion was a fitting end to a productive seminar that helped to improve understanding among various stakeholders in government and industry and provide a platform for further cooperation.

 

The European experts were Laurent Bardon, Coordinator for EU-Taiwan Relations of the EC’s Directorate-General for Trade (DG-TRADE); Godwin Chang, Group Country Head of Societe Generale Taipei Branch and Vice Chairman of the ECCT; Mandeep Singh Gill, Head of Prosperity Section, British Trade & Culture Office in Taiwan; Cosmas Lu, CEO of Barclays Taiwan; Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum; Tony Y. Chen (陳耀東), Vice President, Public Policy – North East Asia & Greater China & Managing Director, DHL Consumer Dialog & Delivery (Beijing) Co. Ltd., Deutsche Post – DHL; and Jean-Marie Guérin, Managing Director of ID Logistics China. The five experts from Taiwan were: Roy Chun Lee (李淳), Deputy Director of the Taiwan WTO and RTA Center, Chung-Hwa Institution for Economic Research; Chien Lih-Chung (簡立忠), Senior Executive Vice President of Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation; CH Wu (吳傳輝), Vice President of Intelligent Service Business Group, Advantech Co., Ltd.; and Tony Ho (何湯雄), Chairman of Test Rite Group.


65日台北訊

為加強臺灣與歐盟服務業的合作與交流,由經濟部國際貿易局及歐洲經貿辦事處主辦,中華民國對外貿易發展協會及歐盟在台商業與法規合作計畫首次共同執行的「臺歐服務業研討會」,已於今(6)日圓滿結束,本次研討會聚焦臺歐雙方具合作優勢的「金融服務」、「資通訊科技服務智慧城市」及「流通服務」三大主題,邀請臺灣及歐洲產業界專家剖析市場趨勢,與會聽眾與主講人熱烈交流,贏得廣大迴響。

經濟部政務次長卓士昭致詞時表示,去年臺灣的服務業占國內生產總值(GDP)的68.3%,臺灣三大服務業產業為批發零售、運輸倉儲及住宿餐飲業,其占國內生產總值24.46%,顯示服務業已成為臺灣經濟成長的重要驅動力。本次研討會目的在於開拓臺歐服務業廣大的合作商機,亦為臺歐盟每年經貿諮商會議的重要成果展現,期許雙方未來能就服務業持續進行合作與對話。

服務貿易協定(TiSA)是世界貿易組織(WTO)架構下的一個正在密集推動簽署的多邊協議,作用如同全球性多邊服貿業談判,目前臺灣與歐盟皆為談判成員。歐洲經貿辦事處處長龐維德(Frederic Laplanche)表示,歐盟很高興看到臺灣積極參與服務貿易協定(TiSA),歐盟也會在日內瓦與臺灣進行緊密的合作,相信臺歐雙邊服務業貿易深具成長潛力。歐洲服務業論壇總經理Pascal Kerneis也說,臺灣未來可望透過TiSA,去除現存服貿合作障礙。

外貿協會副秘書長葉明水致詞時表示,除了旅遊、運輸、金融服務為台灣輸出大宗外,臺灣服務業另一個優勢產業為會展產業。依據國際展覽業協會(簡稱UFI)產業報告中指出,2013年臺灣所辦的展覽總計89個,亞洲排名第6。歐洲是全球展覽重鎮,未來如何學習歐洲經驗,強化臺灣優勢也是我們努力的方向。

金融服務合作方面,臺灣證券交易所副總經理簡立忠指出,臺灣具備之技術創新、產業供應鏈完整、以及鄰近大陸等優勢,可與歐洲共創雙贏。法商法國興業銀行臺北分行臺灣區董事總經理暨歐洲在台商務協會副理事長張建西認為,臺灣投資者的成熟度、流動性及自由化等因素,將為臺灣金融業帶來成長的機會。英國貿易文化辦事處代表辛格曼說,目前臺英雙方最主要合作為金融服務業,而臺灣有望因為兩岸人民幣業務開放,成為亞太區的金融服務中心。

資通訊方面,研華科技副總經理吳傳輝預估,到了2050年全球70%人口將居住在都市,屆時將帶出交通擁擠、水及空氣汙染、公共安全等問題,這些問題可望透過打造智慧城市的方式,包括農業、運輸、零售、保健等,運用智慧製造及智慧服務提出解決方案。

流通服務業方面,特力集團董事長何湯雄分享自家企業經驗,他說臺商的全球化發展策略必須注重在地化經營,善用不同的商業模式,彈性靈活的應變能力以及誠信的企業文化,這些都是特力集團在海外發展成功不可或缺的秘訣。德國郵政-敦豪集團東北亞及大中華區公共政策副總裁陳耀東指出,業者透過轉為自建模型的營運方式,加強本身的競爭力,以爭取在中、低端領域的領先地位,並提高其他業者進入的壁壘,提高服務質量。