Canadian envoy seeking to increase his country’s visibility in Taiwan

19-Feb-2019 Intellasia | Focus Taiwan | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Canada’s representative to Taiwan Jordan Reeves said during a visit to the Central News Agency on Monday that he is working to raise his country’s profile and give it greater visibility among Taiwanese.

On his first visit to CNA since he took office last year, Reeves said in a meeting with CNA president Chang Jui-chang and Editor-in-Chief Jay Chen that Canada and Taiwan have maintained close exchanges in terms of investment and trade, technology, and people-to-people ties.

The two-way exchanges have been deep-rooted for decades as there are around 60,000 Canadian passport holders in Taiwan and as many as 200,000 people of Taiwanese origin living in Canada, said Reeves, who took office in August 2018 as director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT).

Canada is one of the countries that support Taiwan’s international participation in global organisations, he said. In addition, Taiwan is Canada’s 12th-largest trading partner and fifth-biggest in Asia, Reeves said.

However, he said, Canada’s visibility and profile in Taiwan is low compared with that of other countries.

Reeves said that is why he had made it one of his priorities to raise Canada’s profile and visibility in Taiwan.

In response, Chang expressed support for the goal of highlighting Canada’s presence in Taiwan.

He said Canadian missionary George Leslie Mackay, who played a pivotal role in developing education and medicine in Taiwan in the 19th century, was arguably the most famous Canadian in the country, but many people do not know he was Canadian.

On the question of the CTOT’s goals for 2019, Reeves said his priority is to see an increase in bilateral investment between Taiwan and Canada.

In particular, he said, he hopes to see more investment in Taiwan this year by Canadian companies that specialise in Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, following the launch of the Canadian Technology Accelerator in Taipei last year, an initiative aimed at helping Canadian technology companies explore opportunities in the Taiwan market.

Another major area of bilateral cooperation this year will be exchanges between the indigenous peoples of both sides, said Reeves, who is doing his second stint in Taiwan, after serving as CTOT deputy director 2002-2006.

The CTOT first signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Taiwan’s Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) in 1998 and renewed it in 2008. Since 1998, the Canadian office and CIP have worked together on initiatives in the fields of culture, education, policy, health and economic development.


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