Taiwan and India are reportedly in talks to sign a pact on migration and mobility. The reason is, Taiwan currently has a shortage of workers in manufacturing, construction and agriculture. The Hindustan Times newspaper at the start of the week reported, based on sources familiar with the matter, that the Taiwan-India agreement might be signed as soon as next month.
Manharsinh Laxmanbhai Yadav, Director General of the India-Taipe Association, said a number of companies from Taiwan have expressed interest in recruiting workers from India’s northeastern region, where there are around 45 million people. This area was chosen because it was considered to have similarities in terms of culture and food. It is hoped that this agreement can bring Taiwan -India trade relations in a positive direction and bring positive and great potential.
India does not have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Beijing views Taiwan as an inseparable part of China. Meanwhile, China-India trade relations have grown steadily in recent years. India is ranked 45th as a destination for Taiwan’s exports and 18th for imports.
Trade between the two has grown more than sevenfold in the last two decades. In 2001, the value of India – Taiwan trade was from USD 1.19 billion (Rp. 18 trillion) to USD 8.4 billion (Rp. 130 trillion) in 2022.
According to data from the Taiwan Ministry of Manpower published by the Taipei Times, as of August 2023 in Taiwan there are more than 746 thousand migrant workers in the traditional industrial sector and elderly care sector. Most of the migrant workers come from Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand, there are also a few from Malaysia and Mongolia.
Source : Tempo.co