Deutsches Institut Taipei celebrates German Unity Day with banquet, beer
By Ted Chen, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Deutsches Institut Taipei (德國在臺協會) yesterday commemorated German Unity Day with a banquet, with numerous honorable guests from Taiwan and Germany joining in the revelries.
October 4, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
In his opening address Dr. Michael Zickerick, Director General at the German Institute Taipei, explained that 2013 is a momentous year in Taiwan-Germany relations, which saw the passage of a tax accord, a move designed to dispel concerns of double taxation for Taiwanese and German enterprises operating overseas, and the beginnings of a formal judicial collaboration agreement. In addition, 2013 saw the 50th anniversary of the Goethe Institut, Taipei (台北歌德學院), and the 80th anniversary of the Sino-German Cultural and Economic Association (中德文化經濟協會).
Taiwan is currently Germany's fifth largest trading partner in Asia, said Zickerick, while expressing elation at strengthening ties between the two nations. As Taiwan's largest trading partner in the European Union, Germany hopes to see greater exchanges and collaborations with Taiwan, said Zickerick. “We hope to see greater prosperity for Taiwan and Germany, through working and studying together,” said Zickerick while announcing plans for a work-study exchange program between the two nations. “Our partnership is solid,” said Zickerick.
Most notably, the Oct. 3 celebrates the German Unity Day, commemorating the anniversary of German reunification in 1990. Coinciding with Oktoberfest, guests at the event enjoyed a variety of world-renowned German beers and authentic Bavarian cuisine, presented by Executive Chef Michael Wendel.
Present at the event was Vanessa Shih, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, who expressed delight at developments in 2013, which saw the bolstering of relations between Taiwan and Germany.