Tai­wan, US to hold dig­i­tal econ­omy fo­rum

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

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.

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