Bilateral Trade with Taiwan

Motion Number: S4M-12546
Date Lodged: 04/03/2015

Title: Bilateral Trade with Taiwan

Motion Text:

That the Parliament understands that Scotland and Taiwan’s historical relationship is derived from the visits of Scottish medical missionaries to Taiwan who fostered its modern medical services in the 19th century and is marked by continuous links in trade, tourism, culture and higher education; further understands that Taiwan was the second largest export market in Asia by value for Scotch whisky and that the exportation increased by 39% to reach £91 million in the first half of 2014, even when the overall trend was downwards according to the Scotch Whisky Association; believes that Taiwan occupies an important position in the global economy, ranked as the 17th-largest exporter and 18th-largest importer of merchandise worldwide in 2012 according to the World Trade Organization; considers that there is still great potential to explore in trade between Scotland and Taiwan; believes that trade facilitation and the promotion of free trade agreements serve as vital engines for growth and shared prosperity; notes that the European Parliament adopted a resolution on EU-Taiwan trade relations during its plenary session on 9 October 2013 in Strasbourg, which urges the European Commission to begin talks with Taiwan about an agreement on investment protection and market access so as to deepen economic and trade relations between the EU and Taiwan, and welcomes this resolution, which it considers an effective method to strengthen mutually beneficial economic cooperation.