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Taiwan to host largest-ever eco-fair in March

TAIPEI -- The Eco-Products International Fair 2014 will be held in Taipei March 13-16 with 438 booths, the highest number since the annual exhibition was first held in 2004, the organizer said yesterday.

This year, a total of 207 foreign and domestic businesses will attend the fair at the Taipei World Trade Center, Huang Wen-rong, secretary-general of Taiwan's quasi official External Trade Development Council, said at a pre-show press conference.

The Eco-Products International Fair, initiated by the Asian Productivity Organization, is one of the best-established international environmental exhibitions in the Asia-Pacific region.

The event serves as a platform for efforts to raise environmental awareness, encourage the greening of supply chains, and support the growth of green markets. It is also aimed at involving the public in creating a better environment through the use of eco-products, eco-technologies and eco-services.

At the press conference, Vice Economics Minister Cho Shih-chao expressed hope that the fair will help promote interaction among companies in the eco-products manufacturing sector and the relevant government agencies.

The global business opportunities for green products are worth around US$1.4 trillion per year, Cho said, noting that the European Union and the World Trade Organization plan to cut tariffs on 54 eco-products, including solar panels and wind turbines, to lower than 5 percent.

The 2014 Eco-Products International Fair, with a theme titled "Go Green, Act Greener," will focus on business to business (B2B), business to government (B2G) and business to consumer (B2C) trade, according to Huang.

Apart from the exhibition itself, a procurement workshop will be held March 13, Huang went on, noting that buyers from South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Romania, Brazil, Canada and Turkey have been invited to conduct one-to-one talks with Taiwanese suppliers.

Each year, Taiwan exports US$43 billion-worth of eco-products, Huang said, voicing his hope that this level can be increased over the next three years.

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