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UK sports mission to visit in 1st quarter of next year

TAIPEI--The United Kingdom Trade & Investment (UKTI) has arranged for a global sports mission to visit Taiwan in the first quarter of next year to investigate commercial opportunities in Taiwan ahead of the 2017 Summer Universiade to be held in Taipei.

The mission will follow up on an agreement signed by UKTI, a British government department, and the Taipei City government at the Sept. 5 Global Sports Projects Summit in London that gives British firms access to construction contracts related to the Universiade.

The British Trade and Cultural Office (BTCO) said Tuesday that the visiting delegation hopes to promote Universiade-related business and investment opportunities, support and encourage joint venture partnerships, and share expertise in delivering global sports projects.

“Hosting a global sports event requires a wide range of skills and collaboration,” said David Campbell, director of the BTCO, the UK's de facto representative office in Taiwan.

“We look forward to sharing our expertise and successful London 2012 experience as Taipei prepares for Universiade 2017,” he said at a joint press conference with the Taipei City government.

The UK invested about 7 billion British pounds (US$11.38 billion) on infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and it expects that new infrastructure to generate 13 billion pounds in total trade, investment and tourism over the next four years, Campbell said.

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