Dr JJ Chen from the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute is joined on stage at the awards by Jen Ni Yang from the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Cathy Raper from the Australia Office in Taiwan, and Patrick Hafenstein, Acting Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Taiwan.

Queensland was in the limelight this month at the Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCham) awards in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei.

ANZCham’s Queensland Business Award went to the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), which is working on a project with the Queensland chapter of the Australian Lychee Growers Association.

TARI is working with the association to grow six specially developed Taiwanese lychee varieties in Queensland in to order to increase market share and access for lychee growers in Queensland and Taiwan.

ANZCham’s Young Entrepreneurs Award went to the owner of the Taiwan International Golf Academy, Steve Weng, who is an alumnus of Hills College in Jimboomba near Brisbane. Hills College offers a specialist golfing program, which Steve attended in the 1990s.

Steve’s connection with Hills is ongoing, including collaborations on a national golf accreditation system for Taiwan and on the Hills Taiwan Junior Open golf competition. He is currently working with them to start operating the Hills Golf Academy China at Lion Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou.

A third Queensland connection popped up when China Airlines took out the Australia-Taiwan Business Partnership Award for their increased flights to Australia, including daily flights to Brisbane from 1 December.

Accepting the award for China Airlines was Marketing Director Lawrence Chiu, an alumnus from The University of Queensland.

The awards ceremony was held on 15 November at Taipei’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, with the who’s who of the ANZ-Taiwan business community attending, including representatives from TIQ’s Taiwan office.

If you’d like to know more about getting your product into the Taiwanese market, connect with TIQ today.

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