Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua (王美花) is heading a seven-member delegation on an eight-day visit to France, from June 12-19, with the aim of cementing the trade partnership between the two countries.
In a statement, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Wang will attend the opening of the Taiwan pavilion when attending the 2023 Viva Technology, Europe's biggest start-up and tech event, that is being held in Paris from June 14-17.
Wang will also host several rounds of activities to explore two-way business opportunities and to cement Taiwan's status as a key supplier in global supply chains, the statement added.
The minister will also meet with French companies in a bid to increase their investment in Taiwan, and with Taiwanese business owners to help them extend their presence in European markets, the statement said.
On June 13 the delegation will organize a meeting with French investment banks that will focus on Taiwan's progress in offshore wind energy in a bid to boost the development of renewable power in both countries.
Taiwan-France trade topped US$5.8 billion last year, a 14.63 percent increase from 2021, which helped Taiwan become the fourth-largest investor in the European Union, MOEA statistics showed.
In the first four months this year, France invested US$1.34 billion in Taiwan, higher than the US$799 million invested by Taiwan in France, MOEA statistics showed.