Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at the AmCham Taiwan 70th Anniversary Celebration

This anniversary is a good time to reflect on the extraordinary economic and political transformation Taiwan has experienced over the last 70 years.  Throughout the past decades, the U.S. business community has been a significant contributor to growth and development both here and in the United States, and AmCham Taiwan has flourished along with Taiwan’s ...
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at 2021 Award Ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel (AMVER) Program

Ocean Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chou, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Southern Taiwan Office Deputy Director-General Liu, Taiwan International Ports Corporation Chairman Lee, Fisheries Agency Deep Sea Fishery Research and Development Center Deputy Director Yang, representatives of Maritime and Port Bureau, Brogent Group, Kaohsiung International Shipowners Association, fishery associations leaders, ladies and gentlemen, shipmates, members of ...
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at the U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative – Forming Global Partnerships Symposium

Foreign Minister Wu, Deputy Magistrate Liu, Chung Cheng University President Dr. Fong, representatives from the British Council, Australia, New Zealand and Canadian offices, esteemed guests, and online friends, good morning! I am excited to welcome you to today’s international education symposium which is a part of the U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative.|OT-2158|November 30, 2021
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Keynote Speech by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at Association of International Relations’ Annual Conference

Good morning, Deputy Foreign Minister Tien, current and former government officials, scholars and students, colleagues, friends, members of the media and distinguished guests.  It is an honor to address this esteemed group in my capacity as the Director of the American Institute in Taiwan.  I would like to especially thank National Taiwan University and the ...
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Graduation Ceremony

First, I would like to congratulate all graduates of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs on your successful completion of the program.  As you just heard from Acting Assistant Secretary Matt Lussenhop, we are proud of every one of you as you work to fulfill your entrepreneurship dream.|OT-2156|November 19, 2021
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Remarks by the AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at Virtual GCTF Workshop on “Defending Democracy through Media Literacy III”

As the United States and Taiwan both know all too well, the internet age has seen a dramatic rise in the spread and effectiveness of disinformation.  As open, democratic societies, the United States, Taiwan, and many others are particularly vulnerable to the pernicious effects of intentionally misleading and harmful misinformation.|OT-2154|November 9, 2021
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The United States, Taiwan, Japan, United Kingdom, and Slovakia Cohost Virtual GCTF Workshop on Disinformation and Media Literacy

This is the third GCTF workshop to focus on disinformation and media literacy.  Over 100 officials and civil society experts from over 20 countries shared lessons learned from recent elections, both in Taiwan and around the world, as well as legislative and civil society tools available to deal with disinformation.|PR-2156|November 9, 2021
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The U.S., Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and Israel Cohost Virtual GCTF Workshop on Implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On November 4-5, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA), the Australian Office Taipei, and Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei co-hosted a virtual GCTF workshop on “Implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”|PR-2155|November 4, ...
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at the Opening for the Virtual GCTF on “Implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”

Foreign Minister Wu, Representative Izumi, Representative Bloomfield, Representative Caspi, honored guests, I am glad to join you in opening this important Global Cooperation and Training Framework workshop on “Implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”|OT-2152|November 4, 2021
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk on the Delivery of U.S. Vaccines

AIT is very pleased to help facilitate this shipment of 1.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine that is being donated by the U.S. government to the people of Taiwan.  We are proud to be able to add to the 2.5 million doses of Moderna that the United States provided in June.|OT-2150|November 1, 2021
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at The Environmental Education Green Life Carnival Exhibition

Minister Chang, ladies, gentlemen, friends, good morning! It is my great pleasure to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Taiwan’s Environmental Education Act. Congratulations! I applaud the contributions from Taiwan’s EPA, local environmental bureaus, schools, and the private sector to raise awareness and create lasting change in Taiwan’s environmental education ecosystem in order to build a ...
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at the Press Conference Opening

Good morning everyone, thank you for coming today.  I hope you got through the door without any problem.  It is fantastic to see all of you here in person.  Given my schedule and the COVID requirements, I have not had the opportunity to really talk with most of you since arriving in Taiwan earlier this summer.  I have, however, been reading your reporting and I am ...
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AIT and TAITRA Co-host the Taiwan Session of the 2021 IPBF: “Building a Resilient Supply Chain to Power Electric Vehicles for the Future”

This morning, AIT co-hosted with TAITRA a session of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF) entitled “Building a Resilient Supply Chain to Power Electric Vehicles for the Future.” During the session, representatives of Taiwan’s public and private sectors discussed how Taiwan utilizes its experiences and expertise in information and communication technology (ICT) products to develop a ...
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at the Taiwan session of the 2021 Indo-Pacific Business Forum

Hello everyone! On behalf of the American Institute in Taiwan, I am delighted to welcome you to participate in this virtual panel co-hosted with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, otherwise known as TAITRA. Today, you will hear from a diverse panel of experienced Taiwan industry players about Taiwan’s role working with likeminded partners to ...
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The United States, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and Canada Cohost Virtual Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) Workshop on Road to Parity: Wo

Since the GCTF’s 2015 program launch, this is the fifth GCTF event to focus on women’s empowerment.  The workshop provided policymakers, professionals in the private sector, and civil society leaders a platform to share insights on fulfilling women’s equal participation in public life and highlight the critical issues of why women are still underrepresented in ...
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at the Opening of a Virtual Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) Workshop on Road to Parity: Women’

While the improvement in the United States is notable and the continued successes of Taiwan truly commendable, we all still have a long road ahead of us to achieve parity, which is what brings us together today.|OT-2146|October 27, 2021
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AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk’s October 15 Meetings in Kaohsiung

On October 15, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Sandra Oudkirk took her first trip as Director to southern Taiwan, visiting the city of Kaohsiung.  Director Oudkirk engaged in introductory meetings with key leaders to exchange views on issues of mutual importance to both the United States and Taiwan. |PR-2150|October 15, 2021
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at the Launch for the Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs

It is my pleasure to meet you in person as we kick off the Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs (IWE) program.  Today we will have the first of our Training Workshops, bringing together more than 30 indigenous women entrepreneurs and mentors from around the island.|OT-2145|October 15, 2021
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at 2021 GCTF Virtual Conference on Building Disaster Resilience at Global and National Levels

This workshop is the final activity for the United States, Taiwan, and Japan in a yearlong effort that began on the tenth anniversary of the March 11, 2011 triple disaster at Fukushima, and ends on September 21, the 22nd anniversary of Taiwan’s second deadliest seismic event ever, the Chi Chi earthquake in Nantou.  Through the ...
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The United States, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and the UK Cohost Virtual GCTF workshop on Building Disaster Resilience at Global and National Levels

On September 24, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA), the British Office Taipei, and the Australian Office Taipei co-hosted part two of the virtual GCTF workshop entitled “Building Disaster Resilience at Global and National Levels.”|PR-2146|September 24, ...
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at Closing of a vGCTF Workshop on The Future of Work in a Post-Covid-19 Economic Recovery

It is my pleasure to offer remarks at the conclusion of the first-ever Global Cooperation and Training Framework webinar focused on the intersection of artificial intelligence and labor.  We are grateful for the contributions of experts from the United States, Taiwan, and Japan and for the participation of distinguished guests from around the world.|OT-2140|September 10, ...
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Remarks by AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk at Ministry of Culture MOU Signing and Center Stage Performance

Friends from the media, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.  It is an honor to be here today to witness the MOU signing ceremony between Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture and the Foundation of Scholarly Exchange (FSE) as Honorary Chair of the FSE Board.|OT-2139|August 31, 2021
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AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk’s Meetings with Taiwan Officials

Following meetings with President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu this week, AIT Director Sandra Oudkirk met with additional leaders in Taiwan for the first time since assuming duties as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan to continue discussions on a wide-range of issues of importance to both the United States and Taiwan.|PR-2140|August ...
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The United States, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia Cohost Virtual Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) Workshop on Green Energy

On August 11, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA), and Australian Office Taipei co-hosted a virtual GCTF workshop entitled “Green Energy: A Way to a Clean and Sustainable Earth.”|PR-2139|August 12, 2021
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