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Triple stimulus vouchers available to APRC holders starting Nov. 16
2020-11-19NEW

Triple stimulus vouchers available to APRC holders starting Nov. 16

The triple stimulus voucher program was originally launched on July 15 to allow not only Taiwanese citizens but also their foreign or Chinese spouses with resident permits to purchase them, which effectively spurred consumption in Taiwan.In expanding the program, around 11,600 Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC) holders and 1,400 foreign diplomats in Taiwan will be able to collect triple stimulus vouchers starting Nov. 16, whereby eligible persons pay NT$1,000 and receive NT$3,000 worth of vouchers, which can be used for the upcoming year-end shopping season. The deadline to use the vouchers is Dec. 31, 2020.APRC holders and foreign diplomats can obtain printed vouchers from the post office with their National Health Insurance card (or Alien Resident Certificate) and NT$1,000, or they can obtain them digitally by registering with a credit card (which they can apply for at Taiwan's local banks), stored value cards or mobile payments on the Triple Stimulus Vouchers program website.For more information, please check "Triple stimulus vouchers"on our official website: https://3000.gov.tw/.*For further details, or to arrange media interviews, please contact:Ms. Wen-Ling SuDeputy Director General, Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, MOEA02-2366-2203wenling@moea.gov.twMr. Jyh-Wen WangSection Chief, Management Consulting Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, MOEA02-2366-2213jwwang@moea.gov.tw

Grand Finale of Global Women Empowerment Initiative Hosted in Taipei
2020-11-18

Grand Finale of Global Women Empowerment Initiative Hosted in Taipei

Connecting Women-Led Startups, Strengthen Asia-Pacific BondsOn November 18, more than 100 participants from the APEC region connected online and gathered on-site as the APEC Women-Led Start-Up Accelerator Forum was hosted in 1919 Creative Center. This event served as the grand finale the APEC Women-Led Start-Up Accelerator Initiative, a project launched by Chinese Taipei in APEC co-hosted by Malaysia and Indonesia along the year.This grand finale forum was hosted by the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration (SMEA), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). The event involved stakeholders from various backgrounds including NGOs, industries, policy makers and women-led start-ups from the APEC economies to share their experiences and opinions regarding the latest trend of fundraising. It has shown the world that SMEs from the APEC economics stayed strong to the goal of enhancing the capabilities of women entrepreneurs.Empower Women, Empower FutureThe workshop began with opening remarks delivered by Ms. Yi-Ling Chen, Secretary General of Economic Affairs, R.O.C.. She highlighted the key concept of "La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth"is to minimize the barrier for women startups and to create a gender-friendly entrepreneurial environment.A keynote speech given by Ambassador Ms. Kelley E. Currie (AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR GLOBAL WOMEN'S ISSUES, United State Department of State) and Ms. Eva Chen, Co-founder and CEO of Trend Micro Inc., together they are sharing how United Nations helps developing women entrepreneurs and the developing trends of women-led startups. Afterwards, a discussion about the market expanding and funding for women entrepreneurs will be hosted by Ms. Pei-Ti Hu, Deputy Director General of SMEA, MOEA, joining her by Ms. Christine Nakamura, Vice President, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Ms. Fei Yu, Head of Taiwan and Hong Kong, Facebook. Mr. Thang Huynh, Co-founder of InnoLab Aisa, and Ms. Yu-Fen Wong, Chairperson of J.S POWER CO., LTD.APEC Women-led Start-Up Accelerator InitiativeIn the PM session, 14 startups participated the Women-led Start-Up Accelerator from biomedical, agricultural, information technological and care taking industries will join the Demo Day competition, each startup will have their presentation assessed and suggested by the panels, led by Jane Li, Head of Channel Sales, Taiwan & Hong Kong, Google, Ms. Revital Shangental, CEO/founder, Anemone Ventures, and Ms. Teresa Yang, Senior Advisor, K.T. Li Foundation for Development of Science and Technology.With 9th Women Entrepreneurship Award 2020 ceremony, a road show will be set up to present the achievements of the award-winning women entrepreneurs in 1919 Creative Center, Taipei, Taiwan.SMEA will continue supporting and empowering women entrepreneurs in every aspect. It is believed that a more inclusive and gender friendly business environment would be the foundation to boost another highlight of global commerce.For further details, or to arrange possible media interviews, please contact:Ms. Pei-Ti HuDeputy Director General,Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, MOEA02-2366-2202bdhu@moea.gov.twMs. Hsin-Yi TsengSection Chief,Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, MOEA02-2366-2257thy@moea.gov.tw

International Online Workshop Hosted in Taipei to Accelerate Women Entrepreneurship
2020-11-16

International Online Workshop Hosted in Taipei to Accelerate Women Entrepreneurship

Stay connected during the pandemicOn November 16, the final workshop held under the APEC Women-Led Start-Up Accelerator Initiative was hosted in Taipei. More than 60 participants from the APEC region participated in this grand event, contributing to Asia-Pacific Start-Up connection and development through this virtual workshop. Despite of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, this event contributed to the empowerment of women entrepreneurs in the field of access to capital and market.This online workshop hosted by the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration (SMEA), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA)involved stakeholders from various backgrounds including, policy makers, women-led start-ups and SMEs from the APEC economies to share their opinions. It has shown the world that SMEs from the APEC economics stayed strong to the goal of enhancing the capabilities of women entrepreneurs and will not be defeated by the COVID-19 pandemic.Strengthening Female entrepreneurship in APECThe workshop began with opening remarks delivered by Pei-Ti Hu, Deputy Director General of SMEA, MOEA. "Even in the 21st century, gender inequality is still an issue that we need to pay attention to. It is time each government making progress on building up a women friendly entrepreneurial environment in their respective economics." said Ms. Pei-Ti Hu."We recognize the obstacles that female entrepreneurs may have. Under this circumstance, we aim at empowering women to overcome the challenges and make efforts on female entrepreneurship with resources they need when developing their businesses."continued Ms. Hu, as she emphasized the significance of women economic empowerment and the essential goal of the workshop.APEC Women-led Start-Up Accelerator InitiativeWhereas economic growth and better targeted social policies have contributed to shortening gender gaps in educational attainment, significant disparities remain in women entrepreneurship in the APEC region. As the APEC Women and the Economy Dashboard 2017 demonstrated: "Access to Credit"measurement of women's right and de facto access to bank loans takes the value of zero, when women have the same rights to access credit and bank loans as men; 0.5, when women only have the right to access some kinds of credit. This shows that gender inequality in entrepreneurship is still an issue that needs to be overcome.The APEC Women-led Start-Up Accelerator Initiative is proposed by Chinese Taipei, to address the topic of access to finance and market opportunities. This event aims to enhance female entrepreneurship and strengthening business competitiveness of women-led startups by providing them with trainings and mentorship. In the past months, Chinese Taipei held the first workshop under this project with Indonesia in August, and a second workshop in October with Malaysia. Both events attracted great attention and active participation from the APEC economies. This event in Taipei was the final workshop under this initiative. Through these events, Chinese Taipei will continue to cooperate with partner economies to promote the capacities of women entrepreneurs and help create an enabling environment toward inclusive growth.For further details, or to arrange possible media interviews, please contact:Ms. Pei-Ti HuDeputy Director General,Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, MOEA02-2366-2202bdhu@moea.gov.twMs. Hsin-Yi TsengSection Chief,Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, MOEA02-2366-2257thy@moea.gov.tw

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