Ma meets head of Emirates Airline & Group
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China Post
February 12, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that both Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates have been actively developing their economies, and that Taiwan is willing to share its experience so that both sides can create economic relations that are mutually beneficial.
The president yesterday met a delegation led by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline & Group, at the Presidential Office. The sheikh traveled to Taiwan via Emirates' first flight to the island.
Ma pointed out that the UAE is an important traffic hub between Europe, Asia and Africa, and that its economic policies are on the whole progressive.
The UAE is one of Taiwan's most important trading partners, the president said.
Emirates' direct flight to Taiwan marks a historic milestone, and the airline's move will help increase exchange and interaction between the people of the UAE and Taiwan, Ma said.
Ma explained that in 2012, when returning from a visit to the R.O.C.'s diplomatic allies in Africa, he had a layover at Dubai's international airport. The president took yesterday's occasion to thank Dubai for its help and courtesy.
Like the UAE, Taiwan has been actively developing its economy, and both the UAE and the R.O.C. have their areas of expertise, Ma said, adding that Taiwan has seen considerable technological progress in sectors such as construction, automobiles, aerospace, solar energy and agriculture.
The president added that Taiwan is willing to share its experience in order to create economic relations that are mutually beneficial.
Taiwan an Important Gateway to Trade with China: Ma
Ma said that Taiwan and mainland China have drastically improved relations during the past five years, moving toward a stage of peace and prosperity.
The president added that so far Taiwan has signed 19 agreements with mainland China, creating closer cooperation in areas such as trade, culture and crime prevention.
Both sides of the strait began their first direct flights more than five years ago, and up until now, daily flights between Taiwan and mainland China number more than 100, Ma said, adding that both sides are looking into ways to establish cross-strait representative offices in order to advance trade relations.
Taiwan is an important gateway toward investment in and trade with mainland China, the president said.