New milestone for international cooperation, National Chung Cheng University signed up with India South Asia Bamboo Foundation to promote bamboo relevant industries into international business

Published on Aug 06 2019

Taiwan is a place rich in bamboo production and people used to make many things out of bamboo for various purposes of daily life. However, Taiwan bamboo industry has been hugely impacted lately by the prevalence of plastic goods and the large imports of cheap bamboo products from China, and Chiayi County where has the highest coverage rate of bamboo is no exception from suffering. The National Chung Cheng University (CCU) as a higher education entity and the sounding member of the society, for the past three years, has been taking its role seriously to execute its Bamboo industry relevant University Social Responsibility (USR) projects carefully, on the aspects of the technology, culture, education and marketing to help local bamboo trade. More, not only has it joined the World Bamboo Organization (WBO), but also lately signed a cooperation agreement with Indian organization the “South Asia Bamboo Foundation (SABF)”. CCU aims to upgrade and promote local bamboo business, through the international exchange and talent cultivation cooperative programs, in the hope to gradually open up a wider international market for Taiwan's bamboo industry.

The cooperation agreement was signed by CCU president, Dr. Zhang-Hua Fong, and the founder and chief executive of the South Asian Bamboo Foundation (SABF), Mr. Kamesh Salam, under the witness borne by both Taiwan and Indian team members. The group then went on to visit the CCU bamboo charcoal manufacturing base and project exhibition at CCU after the signing ceremony. CCU expressed that though Taiwan's bamboo products have their own distinct characteristics, most of them are circulated only in the domestic market. However, thanks to Dr. Shi-Ming Huang, Dean for the Office of Research and Development at CCU (CCU-ORD), and with the support from the Science and Technology Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India of Ministry of Science and Technology which allowed Dr. Huang to build the founding connection with SABF during previous visit to India, thereafter making this cooperation possible. This agreement will definitely bridge the bamboo industries of Taiwan to India and even further its direction towards the international market.

Both CCU and SABF have made every endeavor to invigorate the bamboo business. In recent years, SABF has been committed to facilitate global bamboo-related policy makers and bamboo practitioners to attend the “Bamboo Global Summit”, taking the gathering as a platform to ignite an international bamboo trading communication. In the future, CCU will jointly sponsor the Taiwan-India Bilateral Bamboo Forum with SABF, and advocate for the “World Bamboo Day on September 18th” which was initiated by SABF, in Taiwan. CCU has also invited SABF to take part in the Taiwan USR Expo at the end of this year.

CCU President, Dr. Fong, claimed that India is a country with a wide distribution of bamboo population, the cooperation with SABF is a very good opportunity to familiarize the technology used on bamboo applications in India. CCU hopes that in the future, the two parties can build strong ties with shared efforts to advance the causes of bamboo. SABF Founder, Mr. Kamesh Salam, also mentioned that the foundation has cooperative partners ranging from Africa to Bhutan and Pakistan, therefore is very pleased to form a partnership with Taiwan. CCU pointed out that in addition to sharing the successful experience and achievements of the bamboo industry from both sides, more importantly, Taiwan is planning to take the innovation technology out of Taiwan's bamboo industry to be further evolved in India

SABF is located in Guwahati, Assam, India. It is a local non-profit trade association that provides services on bamboo and its production related knowledge and technology, talent training and environmental infrastructure. It also applies materials of native bamboo species from southern Asia to help improve people’s life in rural farming areas, using bamboo to build houses and toilets, etc. in particular. CCU explained that bamboo is a type of green building material that is fairly environmental-friendly and easy to obtain, as a result, many developing countries see Bamboo as a low-cost alternative material for construction. SABF has successfully established the bamboo construction technology for housing and has been continuously promoting it throughout India.