Business leader calls for Portugal to open trade office in Taiwan

6 November 2014

Portugal should open a trade representation office in Taiwan, the vice president of Chinese Association for Economic Cooperation in Taiwan, Chien Han-sun, according to the Central News Agency.

Chien, speaking Tuesday at a meeting with a team led by Paulo Nunes de Almeida, President of the Portuguese Business Association (AEP), said setting up a trade agency would foster two-way trade relations.

Trade between Taiwan and Portugal totalled US$260 million in 2013 and, despite reaching more than US$200 million by August of this year, Chien Han-sun said the figures were still “unsatisfactory” because before the global economic crisis of 2008 trade totalled US$500 million.

The Portuguese delegation includes representatives of the banking, real estate, health, wine and other sectors and is due to leave Taiwan on Thursday.

Taiwan has an office for economic, commercial and cultural representation in Lisbon, Portugal. (macauhub/PT)