Premier Lin seeks expanded participation in Social Enterprise World Forum

  • Date: 2016-10-06
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

Participating  in  the  Social  Enterprise  World  Forum  (SEWF)  increases  Taiwan’s  visibility  and  allows  it  to  demonstrate  its  contributions  to  the  international  community,  Premier  Lin  said  today  after  a  briefing  by  the  Ministry  of  Labor  (MOL)  on  the  2016  SEWF  in  Hong  Kong.

Taiwan  should  develop  its  own  unique  social  enterprises  and  set  an  example  for  the  rest  of  the  world,  the  premier  said.  He  requested  that  the  Ministry  of  Economic  Affairs  and  other  government  agencies  support  and  assist  the  development  of  domestic  social  enterprises,  and  also  instructed  the  Ministry  of  Foreign  Affairs  to  work  with  academia  and  private  groups  to  help  Taiwan  host  the  SEWF  in  the  future.

Noting  that  the  SEWF  is  the  world’s  largest  forum  for  social  enterprises,  the  premier  said  that  Taiwan  civic  groups  set  up  a  pavilion  at  this  year’s  forum  as  an  international  showcase  for  our  country’s  social  enterprises,  gaining  experience  and  benefitting  from  sharing  and  exchanges  that  will  help  Taiwan’s  social  enterprises  to  grow.

According  to  the  MOL,  under  the  SEWF  2016  theme  “New  Frontiers,  New  Markets,”  Taiwan  attended  three  keynote  speeches,  eight  plenary  discussion  sessions  and  22  workshops,  getting  the  latest  updates  on  international  social  enterprises.  Taiwan’s  public  sector  representatives  also  actively  interacted  with  the  chair  and  members  of  the  SEWF  steering  committee.

In  addition  to  expressing  Taiwan’s  intent  to  continue  attending  future  forums,  the  representatives  spoke  with  representatives  from  the  SEWF  2017  New  Zealand  organizing  committee  seeking  a  favorable  reception  for  Taiwan’s  event  registration  and  pavilion,  as  well  as  speaker  recommendations,  the  MOL  said.

Taiwan’s  efforts  to  promote  social  enterprises  are  not  only  consistent  with  international  trends,  but  also  encourage  the  private  sector  to  be  active  in  social  causes,  the  ministry  said.  Dedicated  to  solving  specific  social  problems,  social  enterprises  can  be  self-sufficient  commercial  operations  in  the  marketplace  instead  of  relying  on  public  donations  alone,  helping  to  create  jobs,  promote  social  welfare  and  ensure  balanced  social  development.