MOTC Minister Ho Chen, Tan led associates from Department of Railways and Highways, Department of Navigation and Aviation, Taiwan Railways Administration, Railway Reconstruction Bureau and BOHSR to Germany in late Sep., 2016 to attend the InnoTrans (International Trade Fair for Transport Technology) in Berlin, the 16th Germany-Taiwan Joint Business Council and the 2nd Germany Taiwan Railway Forum. These events will contribute to the continuation of the technological exchange, experience sharing and cooperation between Taiwan and Germany.
In recent years, due to the signing of the railway strategy memorandum and regular railway forums, Taiwan and Germany have lay the basis for bilateral cooperation. For this event, MOTC was invited by the German Institute Taipei, the German Trade Office, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA) and other organizers in which Minister Ho Chen led the team to participate in the Inno Trans in Berlin from Sep. 20 to 22. In addition to encouraging exhibitors from Taiwan (Chung-Hwa Railway Industry Development Association, Cheng Long Group Co., Ltd., Litemax Electronics Inc., TYC Brother Industrial Co., Ltd., MOXA, Vivotek, AAI, etc) they arranged cooperation with our friendly manufacturers (Siemens, DB, Kapsch, Voith, Nokia Railway, Toshiba, Japan Railway Technical Service......) for brief exchanges. On Sep. 22, Minister Ho Chen gave a speech on “Mobility 4.0” in the 16th Germany-Taiwan Joint Business Council hosted by CIECA in which Director General Hsiang-Lin Hu and CEO Kung Yeun Jeng of THSRC participated in the discussion as panelists. The 2nd Germany Taiwan Railway Forum hosted by the German Trade Office Taipei was also held on that day where Director-general Ji-Kuo Lin of Department of Railways and Highways shared the development and investment prospects of Taiwan railway construction.
In the visit to Germany, the delegation met with Fraport Company which operates Frankfurt Airport, Hamburg Port Authority and other operational units. In cooperation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany, the delegation met with the Federal Ministry of Transport and digital Infrastructure, Parliamentary State Secretary, Vice President of the Germany’s Parliament and Minister of Economy, Transport and Innovation of the city of Hamburg so that the both sides of government agencies, operational agencies and industries can interact more closely. Some delegation members went to Munich to visit the DB research institutions and Siemens locomotive equipment manufacturing plant in which both parties exchanged views extensively on relevant issues and contributed to the development of Taiwan's following railway industry and technology research center.