The Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) held the 2017 Job Fair for Southeast Asian at Taichung’s Feng Chia University on March 14. This event was the first time that industry, government and academia have cooperated to match Southeast Asia-based Taiwanese businesses and overseas compatriot students. In his speech at the opening ceremony of the Fair, OCAC Minister Wu Hsin-hsing said that the event would further build the relationship network between Taiwan and Southeast Asia and was the first step in implementing the government’s New Southbound Policy.
Vice President of the Legislative Yuan Tsai Chi-chang stated that, through the Fair, Taiwan offered the first ever arena for matching overseas compatriot students and Taiwanese businesses, and the event also provided a good opportunity for exchange among local industry, Taiwanese businesses and overseas compatriot affairs organizations. He said “The New Southbound Policy is not just words,” expressing the hope more events like this will be held in the future.
Wu pointed out that the Fair had two objectives; the first was to strengthen the talent links, exchange and cooperation between Taiwan and Southeast Asia; the second was to help Southeast Asia-based overseas compatriot businesses find suitable talent. Taiwan has received more than 120,000 overseas compatriot students, with over 60,000 from Malaysia. If Southeast Asian political, economic, cultural and other professional talent can be employed by Taiwanese businesses, it will form an important relationship network between Taiwan and Southeast Asia. In addition to the central Taiwan session of the Fair on March 14, the north Taiwan session will take place at Taipei Main Station on April 15. In all, the two events will attract nearly 200 companies and provide over 1800 job opportunities.