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AIT and TAITRA discuss opportunities for EV supply chains in future

AIT director sees great opportunities for American companies with Taiwan industry

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Sandra Oudkirk makes remarks at an event this year. 

Sandra Oudkirk makes remarks at an event this year.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The electric vehicle supply chain was high on the agenda at a panel of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF), with participants discussing how the U.S. and Taiwan could better collaborate on the issue.

Representatives from Taiwan’s public and private sectors discussed how the country is leveraging its experience in information and communication technology (ICT) products to build a new electric vehicle supply chain, according to an AIT statement.

The panel session, titled “Building a Resilient Supply Chain to Power Electric Vehicles for the Future,” was co-hosted on Thursday (Oct. 28) by the American Institute Taiwan (AIT) and TAITRA. It highlighted Taiwan’s central role in creating reliable global supply chains for critical goods and services.

“Taiwan is at the center of regional high-technology supply chains, and the United States considers Taiwan a key partner in building trusted global supply chains for critical technologies, medical equipment, and semiconductors,” said AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk in her opening remarks.

“Taiwan companies’ experience and credibility in producing high-tech components will be an asset for the electric vehicle supply chain in the Indo-Pacific,” she added.

This was the second session Taiwan has hosted since the IPBF first took off in 2018.

In the years since, IPBF has become the leading event focused on elevating trade, investment, and economic cooperation between the U.S. and partners in the Indo-Pacific region, per AIT.

Discussions at this year’s forum emphasized opportunities for these partners to have a leading role in shaping the Indo-Pacific’s industrial development and included initiatives on climate action, economic recovery, and resilience as well as digital innovation.

Apart from Oudkirk, TAITRA President James Huang (黃世芳), representatives from Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute and Tangeng Advanced Vehicles, and AIT Deputy Economic Chief Arati Shroff also offered their thoughts on these topics during the panel discussion.