U.S. international trade official visits Taiwan

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Eugene Cornelius, Jr (Image taken from SBA website)

Eugene Cornelius, Jr (Image taken from SBA website)

Taipei, Nov. 13 (CNA) Eugene Cornelius, Jr, deputy associate administrator for the Office of International Trade with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), arrived in Taiwan Monday to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced that day.

During his stay from Nov. 13-18, Cornelius will attend a Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) workshop on building a bright future for women entrepreneurs in tech, according to an AIT statement.

He will also deliver remarks to entrepreneurs, academics, students, and venture capitalists at Meet Taipei, the Industrial Technology Research Institute, National Cheng Kung University and the 2017 U.S-Taiwan Entrepreneurship, Commercialization, and Startup Meetup, it noted.

Cornelius will visit Taiwan tech accelerators, the Southern Taiwan Science Park, the Ministry of Economic Affairs' innovation hubs and meet with Taiwan policy makers responsible for startups and tech entrepreneurship, it added.

According to the AIT, the Office of International Trade is responsible for formulating and administering policies and programs.

The office also provides technical direction and coordination of interagency activities with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Trade Representative, Department of Agriculture, Export Import Bank, Department of State, Overseas Private Investment Corporation and other federal, state, and local agencies, AIT noted.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), welcomed the visit, saying that the trip is expected to enhance bilateral ties.

According to MOFA, Cornelius has been deeply involved in international trade and women's empowerment for decades and met with Taiwan's agricultural trade goodwill mission in September in Washington D.C.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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