Sunday, September 06, 2009: Taiwan has obtained consent from the Indian government to set up a second representative office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The new office would be set up in Chennai to complement the work of Taiwan’s representative office in New Delhi, providing services and assistance to Taiwanese businesspeople, Taiwanese students and tourists in southern India, the ministry said.
The Chennai office would also serve Taiwan-registered fishing boats operating on the Indian Ocean, of whicch there were 542 last year, it said. With Taiwanese organizations’ frequent visits to southern India and Sri Lanka to provide humanitarian and medical services, the new representative office would also help reinforce bilateral cooperation in humanitarian assistance, it said.
Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu State and is India’s fourth most populous city, with a population of more than 4.3 million. The ministry said Taiwan has held industrial exhibitions in Chennai every year since 2007. Last year’s exhibition generated US$18.2 million in business, three times higher than the previous year, the ministry said. About 20 Taiwanese corporations, including Delta Electronics, Foxconn Technology Group and United Microelectronics, operate in the southern Indian city. Chennai has made progress in the software industry in recent years and, along with its neighboring areas of Bangalore and Hyderabad, represents a high-tech “tri-force,” the ministry said.
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