Ma Ying-jeou (top photo) of The Republic of China would like the foreign community in Taiwan to grow and therefore told me he welcomes the book from Elias Ek.
- So it is easy to get contacts in Taiwan?
- Yes, the Taiwanese are very helpful and friendly to foreigners. They are not shy to talk with you or offer you help. The contacts you make in Taiwan will be invaluable when you enter the Chinese market, as Taiwanese businesses with connections on the mainland will be able to help you in this difficult environment.
- How is it to live in Taiwan?
- Taiwan is a modern first-world country with excellent infrastructure and a good quality of life. Everyone in Taiwan has access to good healthcare, corruption is rare and there is a strong commitment to human rights and freedom of speech. In Taiwan, you are free to have full (100%) ownership of your business and generally have the same rights as the local people. If you need to go to court, for any reason, you can be reasonably confident of a fair hearing without anyone asking for bribes.
-The official name of Taiwan is The Republic of China, often written short RoC. As a joke, many say RoC stands for Republic of Computers.
- For decades, Taiwan has a strong manufacturing industry with its expertise in electronics and technology. Today, there is an increasing focus on software and creative industries. Taiwanese entrepreneurs in other countries are doing well. Youtube and Yahoo were both created by Taiwanese immigrants to the USA.
RoC may also stand for Republic of Cycles, as Taiwan has many bike factories. The Taiwan bike fair is not the biggest, but is the best bike fair in the world. Many Norwegians participate every year in order to get a good deal. Even China has many companies at the fair. Last year's bike fair had 26 participants from Norway (http://www.norwaynews.com/en/~view.php?72U9554vQd4832t285Sjg844VR3883VA76Byl353QbS8
Taiwan has different international fairs all year around. Norway has never participated with a booth, but China is often represented, sometimes Sweden and Finland too.
China does not like the fact that the Norwegian government allows independent organisations to have free speech. Therefore, China makes it difficult for Norwegian companies to do business in China. Norwegians are not granted a visa to China, but they do not need a visa to visit Taiwan. The international fairs, in Taiwan, are a gateway to China.
Business schools in Norway are very satisfied with their cooperation and student exchange program with the National Chengchi University, in Taipei. The university has an incubator and offers you, for a small monthly fee, the ability to register your office there.
I have read the book and found it useful when doing business in Taiwan. It is not easy to start a business in Taiwan, as there are many rules to follow. This is not only a teaching book, it also has many links to interesting websites needed in the daily workplace. It is therefore, good to read the book sitting next to an online computer. Subjects mentioned within the book are cultural issues, marketing in Taiwan, how to rent or buy an office, business registration, trademarks and patents, how to find employees and correct salaries. The book is also about visas, tax, laws and how to get a lawyer, and legal assistance. It has information about different business groups and Chambers of Commerce open for Norwegians to join. At their meetings, you may get to know people who can help you or give you advice.
How to start a business in Taiwan has plenty of links to public organisations who offer advice for free. You will save time if you find a Taiwanese partner or ask a lawyer to develop a suitable business and/or company structure for you.
Then you can use this book to understand how it is done.
The first edition of the book is printed in paperback by an unknown printing company in Taiwan. However, the book is now only for sale online. In Norway, blue is the colour for business students and the right wing political party. With the book's red cover, it may also be sent to business people in China. Mr.Geir Yeh Fotland - Taiwan National Correspondent NORWAY NEWS.com
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