WCIT 2017 opens, "Heart of Asia, Smart Island—Taiwan" realizes digital dreams

WCIT 2017 opens, "Heart of Asia, Smart Island—Taiwan" realizes digital dreams

The New Taipei City Economic Development Bureau hosted the "2017 New Taipei City International Procurement Week" from September 5th to 8th, marking the first integration of industries such as Information and Communication Technology (ICT), biotechnology for aging populations, metal machinery, and textiles. The goal was to lead enterprises to "link across domains and leap into the global market." The event invited 48 heavyweight international buyers from 16 countries to Taiwan to engage in one-on-one negotiations with New Taipei City businesses, with over 600 negotiation sessions expected to generate potential business opportunities exceeding NT$3.5 billion.

According to the Economic Development Bureau, the procurement week invited international buyers from 16 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Sweden, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, and China. Among the buyers were significant figures such as Cyfrowy Polsat, Poland's largest and Europe's third-largest satellite operator.

The event facilitated technical development exchanges, partnership exploration, and business procurement negotiations between international buyers and local enterprises. It was structured around six major themes: "Smart Homes," "Smart Living," "Smart Transportation," "Smart Healthcare," "Smart Green Production and Energy," and "Smart Manufacturing." Thirty-five New Taipei City companies showcased their latest technologies and products, allowing overseas buyers to experience firsthand the integrated hardware and software capabilities of New Taipei City manufacturers.

New Taipei City enterprises are linking with the world, seizing golden opportunities.

Mayor Eric Chu stated that New Taipei City boasts over 20,000 factories, making it the industrial powerhouse with the highest number of factories in Taiwan. Among them, more than 10,000 are involved in manufacturing industries related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT), biotechnology for aging populations, metal machinery, and textiles. It is considered the largest manufacturing cluster and features a complete industrial chain in Taiwan. Currently, the city is undergoing a transformation into high-value-added smart industries through the implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

New Taipei City's businesses have a clear advantage in expanding into international markets. In the future, the city government will continue to implement diverse measures to assist New Taipei's enterprises in actively expanding their international market opportunities.

The Department of Economic Development pointed out that this procurement and trade week is the first time that the industries of ICT, biotech for the elderly, metal machinery, and textiles have been jointly organized. This collaboration aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary and international cooperation. In addition to connecting domestic production chains, the goal is to foster collaboration across different industries and secure a place in the international supply chain. This event is expected to create potential business opportunities exceeding NT$3.5 billion. In the future, New Taipei City will continue to lead local enterprises in venturing into international markets and seizing global business opportunities.


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