“The resumption of TIFA talks is an excellent example of cooperation between AIT and AmCham Taiwan. Both in the run up to the talks and since, AmCham member companies contributed vital input on Taiwan business conditions. That partnership helped make the TIFA talks a success.”
On June 30, the United States and Taiwan held the eleventh Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting under the auspices of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO). Assistant United States Trade Representative Terry McCartin and Jen-ni Yang, Deputy Trade Representative from Taiwan’s Office of Trade Negotiations, co-led the discussions, which were held virtually and focused on enhancing the longstanding trade and investment relationship between the United States and Taiwan. Other U.S. participants and contributors included AIT and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Labor, State and Treasury.
“As my three years as AIT Director soon come to an end, the relaunch of the TIFA process is a fitting conclusion to my time here. Some of you may recall that when I assumed my position as AIT Director, I outlined four priorities, one of which was to promote stronger U.S.-Taiwan economic and commercial cooperation. As my team and I worked to strengthen and deepen the U.S.-Taiwan economic relationship, we viewed the resumption of TIFA talks as an essential element of our revitalized engagement on trade.”
The 11th Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting was hold via digital video conference on Wednesday June 30th Taipei time. AIT Director Brent Christensen and TECRO Representative Bi-Khim Hsiao opened the meeting with the Office of the United States Trade Representative and Taiwan’s Office of Trade Negotiations serving as the chief consultants.
United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today met virtually with Taiwan Minister-Without-Portfolio John Deng.
Ambassador Tai emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Taiwan trade and investment relationship and explained the Biden-Harris Administration’s worker-centered trade priorities. Ambassador Tai also expressed the United States’ continued interest in working together with Taiwan on issues of common concern in multilateral organizations.
“Our new U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has spoken quite eloquently about her desire to use international trade as a force for good. I am confident that Taiwan can be a strategic partner for us on trade policy. And for that reason, I look forward to the United States and Taiwan further deepening our trade relationship under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement or TIFA.”
The United States welcomes Taiwan trade authorities to Washington, D.C., on October 4, 2016, for the tenth Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting under the auspices of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO).
Deputy United States Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis and officials from USTR and the Departments of State, Commerce, and Agriculture, as well as officials from the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), will now participate in meetings of the U.S.-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council on Sunday, March 10. To accommodate the AIT/USTR delegation’s additional travel requirements, Taiwan authorities have graciously agreed to schedule the TIFA meetings one day earlier.
The American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office will hold the sixth meeting under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) on July 10th and 11th in Washington, D.C. The meeting will provide an opportunity to exchange views on how to enhance and deepen the already strong trading relationship between the United States and Taiwan. Karan Bhatia, Deputy United States Trade Representative, will be the chief negotiator for the American side.
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Karan Bhatia met May 25-26 with Taiwan Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Steve Chen (Ruey-long) under the AIT-TECRO (American Institute in Taiwan – Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office) Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), to discuss how to enhance and deepen the already strong trading relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan.