By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter
The Small & Medium Enterprise Administration (SMEA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs
(MOEA) hosted a press activity Wednesday to introduce the ongoing efforts in which its existing Project for Social Enterprises Action Plan has been successfully carried out in Taipei’s Dadaocheng area in Datong District.
“The government is in continuous pursuit of creating a friendly environment for social enterprises,” Lin Jyh-cheng said, director of SMEA’s Policy Planning Division.
Social enterprises, organizations that seek to be financially successful while creating social and/or environmental impact, have long been prevalent in Europe and the United States. However, the practice of social enterprising has only been introduced to the island seven years ago.
As a historical landmark known for its early 19th-century trading port in downtown Taipei, Dadaocheng was chosen as a carving stone to help social enterprises set foot in the area, where the primary objective of the program was to create domestic employment and environmental consciousness. [FULL STORY]