Patrick Hafenstein

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Taiwan, Patrick Hafenstein

How is the festive season celebrated in Taiwan?
With gusto! New Taipei Christmasland gala is the largest annual Christmas festival in Taiwan and was listed in 2018 by Hankyu Travel International Company as the top overseas Christmas travel destination in the world.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ Taiwan in 2019?
This year we’ve focused on research and tech. On the research side, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries signed an MOU with the Taiwan Banana Research Institute to develop Cavendish bananas that are resistant to Panama Disease, and the Taiwan Deputy Minister of Agriculture travelled to Yeppoon for the planting of new lychee varieties. On the agtech side, Queensland company Ceres Tag won the ANZCham Taiwan Queensland Business Award for their partnership with Taiwan’s Yomura Technologies. And, on the smart city side, MiTAC, a top Taiwan tech company, signed agreements with Redland and Logan City councils and a number of Queensland universities and start-ups to use Queensland as their testbed for smart city technologies.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
In 2020, we want to further develop the Taiwan-Queensland relationship in biotech, agtech, smart cities, circular economy and drones, while maintaining our strengths in agriculture, resources, education and tourism.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
When we reflect on what’s best about our role, we quickly think of the relationships we’ve developed with our amazing Queensland clients. Thank you for giving us the chance to do what we enjoy. And make sure to contact TIQ Taiwan if you’d like to explore this amazing market.