Taiwan, US to hold digital economy forum
Taiwan and the United States are planning a digital economy forum in a bilateral effort to boost cooperation in the development of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA,
) said Tuesday. At the opening ceremony of COMPUTEX Taipei Tuesday morning, the second largest information communications technology exhibition in the world, Taiwan’s Vice Economics Minister Cho Shihchao ( ) and Charles Rivkin, U.S. assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, jointly made an announcement of the forum.
First Taiwan-US Digit Forum
It will be the first digital economy forum to be held by Taiwan and the U.S. The conference is scheduled to kick off in Taipei in the second half of this year, the MOEA said.
The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs is responsible for managing trade negotiations, investment treaties, economic sanctions, transportation affairs, telecommunications policy, and intellectual property rights protection.
The MOEA said that Taiwan’s delegation to attend the forum will be led by Minister of the National Development Council (NDC, ) Duh Tyzz-jiun ( ).
The NDC will be responsible for discussing with the U.S. the finalized agenda for the forum, while inviting representatives of related government agencies and the local ICT industry to join the meeting.
The American Institute of Taiwan (AIT), which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic relations, said that the digital economic forum is expected to become one of the highest-level economic dialogues between Washington and Taipei.
The AIT said that Daniel A. Sepulveda, deputy assistant secretary of state and U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, will lead the U.S. delegation in the upcoming forum.
Cho said that Taiwan and the U.S. have built up close ties in development of information technology and high-tech gadgets in the world’s electronics business in the past three decades.