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Window on the ATBC No. 11

Message from Chairman Mr John Toigo

Dear Members and Friends,

With the worst of COVID behind us, and the opening of international borders, I hope your business and
dealings with Taiwan (and from Taiwan with Australia) flourish and prosper during 2023.

As 2023 also approaches we hope that the Federal Government sees fit to have greater recognition of
Taiwan on the international stage by, among other things, supporting Taiwan’s accession to the CPTPP
and encouraging other member countries to do likewise. It is encouraging to see that a delegation of six
politicians from the Labor, Liberal and National parties have been travelling to Taiwan – but there is still
much work to be done here.

We appreciate your support as members of the ATBC, and will connect with you, our members, more
frequently in 2023.

I wish you and your families the very best for the festive season.

What a Year!

  1.   Tuesday, 15th February 2022 – “Exploring future of battery industry supply chain and business opportunities in Australia-Taiwan” ( webinar, co-hosted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan and TAITRA.
  2.   Tuesday, 15th March 2022 – Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce, Taiwan (CNAIC) 70th Anniversary “Forward-thinking Forum – 2022 Global Economic Outlook and Regional Economic Integrations” Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (  Vice Chair Hon Gary Hardgrave represented ATBC to participate in the Panel Discussion online.
  3.   CEO’s trip to Melbourne – 25th to 28th March 2022
      • Meeting with Global Victoria (Various departments of Victorian government);
      • Lunch with Mr Abraham Lin, Director General of TECO in Melbourne, Mr John Lin, Group Director of Shayher Group and Mr Rowan Callic OBE.

  4.   Australia-Taiwan Emerging Business Leaders Program (the Program)
    The Program is supported by the Australian government –  National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, Investment NSW and Sparke Helmore, as well as our Taiwan counterpart – ROCABC/CIECA.

    1. Leaders Program Announcement – Thursday, 28th April (Hybrid format in Sydney and Taipei)
      The Program generated great interest from highly qualified candidates in many fields from both Taiwan and around Australia. The 16 successful candidates brought with them a wide range of skills and experience. It was hoped that through the events, workshops and conferences of the Australia-Taiwan Emerging Business Leaders Program, they would be able to learn from each other and from the prominent stakeholders in the Australia-Taiwan relationship who were contributing to the Program. It was an amazing chance to brainstorm new ideas, establish relationships, and find new connections to further vitalize the business interactions between Australia and Taiwan.

    2. Leaders Program Workshop – Wednesday, 18th May 2022 (virtual)
      The 16 participants were divided into four teams, each with a mix of skills and experience. Each team was given an icebreaker topic to work on, and the results were presented at the online Workshop, which was open to the public. This provided a chance for this talented group of people to show how, working together, they can generate bigger and better ideas that will benefit the commercial space between Australia and Taiwan. Setting the tone for the Workshop was keynote speaker Dr David Howard-Jones, a partner in Marsh McLennan’s finance and risk practice and Director, Oliver Wyman Australia. The event included a live poll for the best-performing team.
    3. Leaders Program Networking Event – Wednesday, 15th June 2022 (virtual)
      The session was an online escape room for Leaders to get to know and network with each other. The teams of four were better able to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses in order to achieve a goal. This event was not open to the public.
    4. Leaders Program Public Forum – Friday, 26th August 2022 (virtual)
      The public forum allowed the 16 Leaders to showcase how their ideas have developed, presenting their own individual pitch. This event was open to the public online and included a Q&A session with an expert panel comprised of:

      • Professor Caitlin Byrne, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business), Griffith University;
      • Mr Brent Moore, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Deputy Representative, Australian Office Taipei, Commercial Section;
      • Mr Mark Dorney FAICD, Managing Director, Chevalier Capital Pty Ltd (ATBC Former Vice Chair).

      It was a great chance to see how young professionals and entrepreneurs envisage the development and growth of commercial relations between Australia and Taiwan.

    5. Leaders Program Summit – 10 to 11 November 2022 (in-person)
      The Summit was held in conjunction with the 35th Joint Conference of ATBC & ROACABC, during which all leaders presented their view on a variety of topics including Energy Transitions, Green Finance, Education and Recycling. This was the first time Program events had been held in-person.
      In addition to talks presented by business leaders from both Australia and Taiwan as part of the conference, there was also a younger cohort of “emerging business leaders” presenting their ideas as to ways to improve and consolidate the relationship between Australia and Taiwan.
  5. Australia-Taiwan Hydrogen Technology and Investment Conference – 16th June 2022 (Virtual)
    This event was organised by Austrade Taiwan of Australian Office, Taipei (AO) to continue the inaugural Australia-Taiwan Hydrogen Trade and Investment Dialogue of July 2021 and its collaboration with the Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) and Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan.
  6. Luncheon in Honour of Ms Jenny Bloomfield, Representative of Australian Office, Taipei – Wednesday, 29th June 2022 in Brisbane
    The lunch was held at the Tattersall’s Club in Brisbane’s CBD. Ms Bloomfield returned to Australia for the first time since she took up the position in Taipei on 1 February 2021. Thirty people attended, including Mr Edward Tao, Director General of TECO in Brisbane, Mr Richard Watson, Acting CEO of TIQ and Councillor Steven Huang of the Brisbane City Council along with ATBC members and Taiwanese community representatives who engaged in a Q&A session.

  7.   Taiwan Democratisation and Implications for Australia-Taiwan Relations – The case of ATBC – Thursday, 30th June 2022 at the Lowy Institute Sydney (Not open to public & Invitation only)
    ATBC took part in Taiwan Democratisation & Implications of Australia-Taiwan Relations, which brought together academics covering traditional & non-traditional security perspectives in conjunction with the inaugural lecture in memory of late Professor CL Chiou at Lowy Institute.
  8.   CEO visit to Perth WA – 17th to 23rd June 2022
    • The Federation of Taiwan Chamber of Commerce in Oceania 2022 AGM;
    • Meeting with Mr Milk Mellor, General Manager LNG Marketing | Marketing, Trading & Shipping of Woodside Energy Ltd;
    • Dinner with the representatives of CPC and Formosa Resources Cooperation;
    • Meeting with Juan Lu, Investment and Trade Commissioner for Greater China of WA government;
    • Meeting with Mr Gerhard Veldsman, CEO of Roy Hills;
    • Meeting with Mr Richard Simonaitis, CEO of Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre Ltd (AEGIC) and Dr Larisa Cato, Wheat Quality Technical/Markets Manager;
    • Meeting with Mr Murray Gilbey, Marketing Manager of Chevron International Gas Inc.

  9.   27th Taiwan-Australia Joint Energy and Minerals, Trade and Investment Cooperation Consultations (JEMTIC) – Tuesday, 19th July 2022 (Not open to public – invitation only)
    ATBC Chairman Toigo and I attended it virtually. The 27th JEMTIC was led by Mr Sean Sullivan, Deputy Secretary, DCCEE&W and Dr Cheng-Wei Yu, Director General, BOE, MOEA covered: 1) Energy Policy Overview; 2) Low Emission Technology; 3) Resources Cooperation between Australia and Taiwan.
  10.   ATBC AGM 2022 – Monday, 1st August 2022 in Sydney (In person and online)
    ATBC is grateful to the Macquarie Group for once again hosting this year’s AGM followed by the Business Luncheon at their Sydney HQ. The Hon Tony Abbott AC was the guest of honour at the lunch.
  11.   Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank Sydney Representative Office – First Anniversary on 8th September 2022 in Sydney
    ATBC participated in the 1st anniversary of the Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank, Sydney Representative Office celebration at the Park Hyatt Sydney. Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank is ATBC’s newest member and we look forward to working with them in 2023 and beyond.
  12.   The 26th Australia-Taiwan Bilateral Economic Consultations (BEC) – Taipei and Canberra on Tuesday, 4th October 2022 (Not open to public – invitation only)
    Mr Rowan Callick OBE, co-Vice Chair with CEO of ATBC presented virtually the Submission – “Australia and Taiwan, A Resilient Relationship in a Changing World” which kicked off the 35th Joint Conference of ATBC and ROCABC in November, outlining the theme for the conference. The ATBC 2022 BEC Submission is attached.
  13.   ROC, Taiwan Double Ten Celebration – Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
    ATBC presented at the Taiwan National Day/Double Ten Reception in Sydney and Brisbane. As always it was a great pleasure to be part of the annual National Day celebrations of the ROC, Taiwan.
  14.   35th Joint Conference of ATBC and ROCABC and Inaugural Australia-Taiwan Emerging Business Leaders Program Summit – Thursday and Friday 10-11 November 2022 in Sydney
    The 35th Joint Conference took place as an in-person event held at the William Inglis Hotel at Warwick Farm Sydney. ATBC would like to express its appreciatereciation to our main sponsor, Investment NSW and many other sponsors and supporters apart from all the participants. A report is attached.

  15.   2022 Taiwan Update – Monday, 28 th November 2022 at CIW, ANU Canberra
    I had a great honour to take part of the panel discussion at the Australian Centre on China in the
    World (CIW) of Australian National University (ANU) as part of “2022 Taiwan Update” with
    Associate Professor Amy King of ANU, Professor Brendan Taylor of ANU, and Dr Lennon Chang
    of Monash University on behalf of ATBC to make a presentation from a business perspective.


Board Members

We are very pleased to announce that Mr Jamy Cheng joined the ATBC board as the Honorary Treasurer officially on 1st July 2022.  Jamy is a Taiwanese-born Australian and qualified chartered accountant.  He has ample experience in the field of communications, including with Crowe Horwath Australia/NZ (Today’s Crowe Global) and BAI Communications. He runs his own practice C&V Advisory with businesses across Sydney-Melbourne-Taiwan-China. 

Please join us on our 2023 journey by supporting us continuingly for the next phase of growth.   

Happy Christmas and have a healthy and prosperous Year of Rabbit.


Ching-Mei Maddock

Chief Executive Officer    

19th December 2022