We can now safely say that spring has arrived in Taiwan, the weather is turning for the better and the outside world is moving back to normal, if ever so slowly.
Here at the Chamber we’re busy as always and as we know that not everyone has time to hang out on social media (where we traditionally post our updates) here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been up to during February and March and some things in store for the weeks to come.
|Sweden assuming control over the Taiwanese radio waves|
Our Project Coordinator Julia visited Magic English 魔法英語
, which is a bi-lingual show on National Education Radio Taiwan, to talk about Swedish education, exchange possibilities and how Swedish schools are working towards internationalization. She also shared som special memories from Sweden and the quirks of Swedish culture.
The interview is in English, visit this LINK
if you want to know more!
We’re looking forward to the upcoming Spring All Chamber Happy Hour, scheduled for April 15 at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei so make sure to mark your calendars for a dynamic night. An invite will be with you shortly, and as always we really look forward to see you there!
|Chapter 3: Bloom - a joint collab with Blackhats|
Spring is right around the corner and with the changing season comes a wonderful array of new fresh ingredients. In collaboration with our friends Martin and Yigal, the Swedish chefs at Blackhats the Chamber offers you an exclusive opportunity to experience Swedish food and beverages.
Chapter 3: Bloom will feature a full vegetarian menu that will allow guests to experience all of these wonderful ingredients and flavors.
春天不知不覺已在轉角,而跟著季節的轉換,當季食材亦跟著更替.第三章: Bloom, 我們將帶來全新全素食菜單,讓賓客們體驗春天生鮮蔬果的真鮮美味.
You and your guests are invited to join us for a 6-course, 4 drink pairing fine dining experience brought to you by Chef Martin and Yigal. The dinner will feature 3 starters, 2 mains, and a dessert all of which will be finely paired with drinks that accentuate all of the flavors.
We will have 3 different seatings to allow for smooth and elevated service. Please choose the time and date that is most convenient for you and your guests. We ask that you arrive on time as we will begin service at the scheduled time.
We look forward to hosting you!
活動將有3個場次,請告知我們您偏好的日期及場次時間. 請務必準時出席. 我們期待與您相見！
|Mentorship program update|
Since the launch of our mentorship program with a teambuilding/cooking workshop and a seminar with Mr Thomas Spjuth Eriksson
, the program is progressing well with regular individual meetings between mentors and mentees. The program is also receiving attention from various government and educational bodies in Taiwan which are looking to replicate the initiative and we are of course there to rub off our experience and Swedish way. As you will recall, there are 11 young Taiwanese professionals being mentored by senior Chamber member representatives and from my own experience I know that there’s a healthy portion of reverse mentoring in there as well, allowing us mentors to reflect on our own leadership qualities.
We’d like to extend our thanks to IKEA for sponsoring our mentors with professional coaching sessions from Thomas at Spearmint
|Recent webinars and events|
We're happy to say that we joined forces with ECCT, AMCHAM and Mr Chafic Nassif, President and CEO at Ericsson Taiwan exploring what the future office may look like. Mr Michael Björn, the Head of Research Agenda at Ericsson Consumer & IndustryLab spoke about Ericsson’s research on the 10 Hot Consumer Trends 2030 and four senior panelists discussed and took questions on what may happen when employees can work remotely using all their senses digitally – vision, sound, touch, taste, smell, and perhaps more.
We hosted a session with IKEA on the important topic of Social Entrepreneurship. Mr. Lars Svensson, Head of Sustainability, IKEA Southeast Asia and Mexico took us all on a journey explaining how we can develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues.
We revisited our popular webinar with Mr Johan Nylander, author of the book "The Epic Split – Why ‘Made in China’ is going out of style"
The book explains why decoupling is happening, and how companies can find opportunities in the trade war. Some people still deny that decoupling from China is happening. They say it can’t be done. In a speech 2020, Chen Deming, former Commerce Minister of China, said decoupling was unthinkable.
“To hell with decoupling!” Chen said.
But the numbers are clear. A diversification away from China is most definitely underway. China’s era as the world’s factory is coming to an end. In the webinar Mr Nylander explains the background to this fierce and escalating trade conflict between the world’s two biggest economies but also how international and Chinese companies navigate these new waters of trade war, decoupling and consumer boycotts.
We co-hosted a large hybrid event with SwedCham China with the three major Asia correspondents of the Swedish media scenery, Ulrika Bergsten, Björn Djurberg, and Marianne Björklund representing the Swedish National TV, Radio, and the Dagens Nyheter newspaper respectively. We learned what’s it like reporting from the field on the latest news, and what makes them passionate about journalism and their Asia experiences.
|Swedish entrepreneurship in Taiwan|
The Chamber Young Professional committee organized an event about how to start a business in Taiwan. Guest speakers were Mr Elias Ek
, founder of the telemarketing company Enspyre 安石國際
and author of the book “How to Start a Business in Taiwan,” and Mr Robin Johansson
, founder and CEO of Vana Living
The event was packed with young and ambitious people and questions were many!
Some of our biggest takeaways were
- Language barriers are not an excuse not to be successful. Do what you do well and find people who can help you with the things you don’t know
- Taiwan has many large companies started by foreigners, the biggest one being SHL Medical - if Mr Roger Samuelsson did it, so can you!
- Work with a CPA to make sure you do everything right
- Attend start-up events to expand your network and learn from others
- Become an expert of laws and regulations to make sure that you know your rights and obligations
Thank you to everyone who participated!
|"There's whiskey in the jar"|
A handful of members attended a Mackmyra whiskey tasting event with Mr Robin Johansson
at The Sherwood Taipei and got to experience a couple of new great flavors. We are secretly awaiting the upcoming big Mackmyra launch event and can't wait to raffle out the new tasty whiskey among our members!
|It’s soon cozy Swedish Friday time|
The Chamber Young Professional committee hosted a well-attended Taco creation event. Even though Tacos may stem from the heart of Mexico, Swede’s have really taken Tacos to their heart and going grocery shopping on a Friday afternoon in Sweden means you’ll see many customers stocking up for Taco "fredagsmys"
A few elements conspired to make Taco Friday a Swedish institution. The Swedish chips company OLW popularized the slogan “Now it’s cozy Friday time” in its commercials. This is widely believed to be the origin of the term Fredagsmys, and in 2007, it was even adopted into the Swedish dictionary.
As the custodians of Swedish culture in Taiwan we were very pleased to be able to offer our members Swedish semla.
In cooperation with our friend, the Taiwanese pastry chef at The Sherwood Taipei (whom we eventually managed to teach how to bake Semla!), we shipped out close to 500 freshly made Semlor to members around Taiwan. We look forward to double or even triple that amount next year so stay tuned for the next Shrove Tuesday/Fettisdag!
We have met with Taiwan’s representative to Sweden, Ambassador Vincent Yao and his team to better understand the changes made to Taiwan's immigration and VISA regulations on March 1st.
We believe we have a good understanding of what’s needed to get Swedish boots on to Taiwanese soil and should you have any questions regarding foreign workers and VISAs please contact us and we will relay you to the subject matter experts.
Please be advised that for Sweden/Taiwan VISA and passport questions for the benefit of your family and personal usage we kindly refer you to our Swedish representative in Taiwan; Bengt G Carlsson
To foster post pandemic student exchange we continue to engage with educational bodies in Sweden and Taiwan, we are currently in talks about expanding student exchange between Sweden and Taiwan with Uppsala University, Chalmers University, Linköping University as well as National Taipei University
A WARM welcome to Baseload Power Taiwan as corporate member in the Chamber. Baseload is represented by Mr. Van Hoang.
Baseload Power Taiwan uses hot water from the Earth to produce 100% renewable energy. The first step in our business process involves identifying existing geothermal wells, or locations where there is a well-documented hot water source. Working closely with local communities and power companies, we lease or purchase the site, obtain permits, and establish power agreements. A team of geologists and drilling operators then works to establish a flow of hot water between 70° to 120°C, the temperature at which an innovative new heat power technology can convert heat into electricity.
We also bid Climeon a WARM welcome as corporate member in the Chamber. Climeon is represented by Mr. Ruben Havsed.
Climeon provides solutions that use the energy in waste heat from industries and low-temperature geothermal heat to generate electricity. The company received its first order in 2015 and has since established a global customer base within maritime, industrial waste heat recovery, and geothermal heat power. Climeon’s paramount product, the HP 150 module, is protected by patents and offers market-leading performance within its areas of application.
SCCT recently joined the general advisory committee of The General Chamber of Commerce of the R.O.C. Our aim with this membership is to continue promote Swedish business and strengthen the professional bond with Taiwanese decision makers.
In closing, we'd like to promote and give some attention to the vibrant Taipei Swedish School.
The school, which offers supporting Swedish language training for pupils aged 6 and up who use Swedish on a daily basis at home.
The purpose is to support and build on the child’s understanding of the Swedish language, culture, geography and civics. We have three different classes, depending on age and level of Swedish knowledge. During the spring of 2021 we will be based at The Sherwood Taipei hotel on Saturdays.
Taipei Swedish School is a non-profit civic association funded by the Swedish National Agency for Education. We are governed by a Board of Directors, elected at our Annual General Meeting in September.
For more information or general inquiries, please contact Taipei Swedish School Chairman Louise Wikström (firstname.lastname@example.org
We recently launched our SCCT Sponsorship program and it’s with great pleasure we announce that Vana Living, Ericsson & Scania have chosen to become gold and silver patrons to the Chamber.
If you would also like to position your company as one that really fosters important trade and investment relationships between Sweden and Taiwan and helps enable our Chamber to continue thrive, please contact us.