By Qondile Ntiwane | 2019-06-13
The Taiwanese government will pump in close to E400 000 to ensure at least 14 companies attend the International Food Festival to be held in Taipei, Taiwan from June 19-22.
Food Taipei is a one stop shop for every facet of food, fresh or processed food products, ingredients, packing, preserving and every related sector is presented to vibrantly revitalise their respective businesses.
Interviewed yesterday, Tsung-Yi Chen, an Economic Counsellor based at the Embassy of Republic of China (Taiwan) in Eswatini said the funds were part of a subsidy programme which supports 30 companies in the country.
He said the subsidy (about US$2000 for each company) would cover mostly transport and accommodation for a representative of each of the companies.
He, however, noted that the Eswatini Investment Promotion Authority (EIPA) was responsible for the organisation of the companies and other logistics
“Through this programme we have already subsidised other companies to attend other fairs in Taipei. Firstly, it was the Taiwan New Year Market Fair held in January, where four companies and an official from EIPA attended. The second one was the Giftionery Taipei held in April, where 10 Eswatini companies attended.
“This is a great opportunity for the companies, as they will get to showcase their products to thousands of exhibitors,” he said.
He said they were also excited to have such a large number of companies attending the fair this year.
“This year, we have a large number of exhibitors from Eswatini attending and we are excited as the Taiwanese people will get to know more about Eswatini food products,” he said.
The companies to attend the festival will exhibit amongst other products, promotional material on pork, sugar, citrus fruit and macadamia nuts, honey and honey products as well as chilli sauce.
The companies are EIPA, Safika Pork, Eswatini Sugar Association, United Plantations, Honey Wise, Eswatini Kitchen, Meant Masters, Sdemane Farming, Eswatini Meat Industries, the Eswatini Taiwanese Chamber of Association, Swazi Poultry Processors and Defiant Rum.
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