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American chamber meeting to focus on U.S.-Asia partnership

American chamber meeting to focus on U.S.-Asia partnership

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (AmCham) kicked off its annual conference for the Asia-Pacific region Thursday in Taipei to probe the economic situation shaping U.S.-Asia relations. The 2013 Spring Conference of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC), being held March 21-22 with the theme of "A 2020 Vision for U.S.-Asia Partnership," will be attended by over 200 delegates from Taiwan, the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S., as well as about 600 guests and AmCham members. The program will cover such issues as green energy, the impact of free trade agreements and regional trade agreements, the realignment of regional supply chains and the protection of innovation and creativity, according to AmCham Taipei. Alan Eusden, chairman of AmCham Taipei, said the conference comes at a"really prefect time"because the U.S. and Taiwan resumed March 10 their long-stalled trade talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). "This is a continuity of our two economies,"Eusden said in his opening remarks. He said the conference will be an opportunity for delegates from other markets to gain a better understanding of the dynamic economy and abundant business opportunities in Taiwan. Steven R. Okun, chairman of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce, noted that there are currently many new challenges to growth and market access in Asia. Those challenges cover the areas of transparency, level playing fields for U.S. businesses, regulatory coherence and restrictions on cross-border flows of data, capital and talent, he said. Okun said he was expecting to find some suggestions for these challenges during the conference, which he will offer to U.S. decision makers when he and other AmCham members visit Washington in June. The conference will also include two keynote speeches to be delivered by Morris Chang, chairman and chief executive officer of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract chip maker, and Trina Gordon, president and CEO of executive search firm Boyden World Corp. Founded in 1968, the APCAC now consists of 28 AmChams in 22 economies in the Asia-Pacific region. It brings together hundreds of executives for in-depth discussions of key issues facing the multinational business community. The APCAC membership manages trade volume of more than US$400 billion and foreign direct investment of over US$200 billion. (By Jeffrey Wu and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2020-11-30 22:30 GMT+08:00