Am­Cham im­plores Tai­wan to pre­pare for en­try into TPP

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Chair­man of the Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce (Am­Cham) in Taipei Thomas Fann ( ) yes­ter­day im­plored Tai­wan to pre­pare it­self to be­come a po­ten­tial mem­ber of sec­ond-round en­try into the U.S.-led Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship (TPP).

Fann made the state­ment in the 2015 edi­tion of Am­Cham’s famed an­nual Tai­wan White Pa­per that was pub­lished yes­ter­day. The theme of this year’s white pa­per is trans­parency in gov­ern­men­tal reg­u­la­tions.

The chair­man said the first wave of TPP ne­go­ti­a­tions is com­ing to an end and that Tai­wan should not view membership of the part­ner­ship as an ab­stract con­cept any longer.

Tai­wan needs to demon­strate its de­ter­mi­na­tion to be­come a ded­i­cated pro­po­nent of trade lib­er­al­iza­tion as well as its ad­her­ence to in­ter­na­tional norms.

Dur­ing an Am­Cham press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, Fann stated that it is now a crit­i­cal time for the na­tion to make a firm de­ci­sion in un­der­tak­ing broad reg­u­la­tory re­forms so that it may qual­ify for the TPP.

Fann went on to state that the Am­Cham white pa­per sug­gests that the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan should cre­ate a TPP prepa­ra­tion task force that will be re­spon­si­ble for in­spect­ing the process of re­form so that gov­ern­ment sec­tors can amend reg­u­la­tions that stray from in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Am­Cham also sug­gested an es­tab­lished meet­ing sched­ule be­tween the U. S. gov­ern­ment and Tai­wan for the Trade and In­vest­ment Frame­work Agree­ment (TIFA), and sup­port for Tai­wan in be­com­ing a can­di­date for the sec­ond round of TPP en­try.

This year’s white pa­per also in­cluded 77 sug­ges­tions, five fewer than the 82 ar­ti­cles of ad­vice pro­posed last year.

The chair­man said that of the rec­om­men­da­tions from last year, three have been re­solved, while 15 oth­ers are be­ing pro­cessed at a steady pace.

Am­Cham will also present the 2015 pa­per to U.S. gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials dur­ing a trip on June 22.

Gov­ern­ment Aim­ing to be a Part of TPP Sec­ond-round

Ne­go­ti­a­tions: Duh

In re­lated news, Min­is­ter of the Na­tional Devel­op­ment Coun­cil (NDC) Duh Tyzz-jiun ( ) rep­re­sented the Tai­wan gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day in ac­cept­ing the 2015 Tai­wan White Pa­per from Am­Cham.

Duh said the gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to work to­ward en­ter­ing the sec­ond-round of TPP ne­go­ti­a­tions, in the spirit of trade lib­er­al­iza­tion ad­vance­ment and steer­ing lo­cal reg­u­la­tions to­ward in­ter­na­tional norms.

The min­is­ter said that in 2013 the pub­li­ca­tion pro­vided 103 sug­ges­tions, with 82 in 2014 and then 77 this year, the least amount of ad­vice from the cham­ber in eight years.

The de­crease in the num­ber of rec­om­men­da­tions re­flects the will­ing­ness and ded­i­ca­tion of the gov­ern­ment to re­solve the is­sues as pointed out by the cham­ber, whose ef­forts are ap­pre­ci­ated and should con­tinue in help­ing Tai­wan into the TPP.

CNA

Chair­man of the Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce Thomas Fann speaks dur­ing press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day that of­fi­cially un­veiled the cham­ber’s 2015 Tai­wan White Pa­per. In his speech, Fann im­plored Tai­wan to pre­pare it­self to be­come a po­ten­tial mem­ber for sec­ond-round en­try into the U.S.-led Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship.

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