U.S. government official to attend Yushan Forum

2017/10/11 13:06:58
U.S. government official to attend Yushan Forum

Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) A U.S. government official will attend the two-day Yushan Forum that opens in Taipei on Wednesday, according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

In a statement released on Wednesday, the AIT said Michele Schimpp, deputy associate administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Investment and Innovation, will be in Taiwan to deliver remarks at the conference.

According to the forum's agenda, Schimpp is scheduled to speak at a luncheon on Wednesday.

She is also expected to meet with local government officials and representatives of Taiwan's industrial sector during her stay in Taiwan and discuss further economic cooperation between Taipei and Washington.

"Ms. Schimpp has over 20 years of experience managing U.S. government organizations and start-up operations related to global job creation, competitiveness and economic growth," the AIT said in the statement.

The Yushan Forum has been organized Taiwan through the government-affiliated Prospect Foundation to boost its regional status and forge a broader relationship with countries in the region.

Called the "Yushan Forum: Asian Dialogue for Innovation Progress," the conference's main theme will be "fostering economic and social connectivity with Southeast and South Asia," under the country's New Southbound Policy.

The policy, which hopes to reduce Taiwan's dependence on China and carve out more of a role in the international community, seeks to advance ties between Taiwan and the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, six South Asian countries, Australia, and New Zealand.

The forum has invited about 40 guests from 15 countries around the world, including Southeast Asian and South Asian countries, Japan and the U.S.

In addition to Schimpp, among the other quests to the forum are Deputy Minister for Coordination of Infrastructure and Regional Development Wahyu Utomo, former vice presidents of the Philippines Teofisto Guingona and Jejomar Binay, former AIT Chiarman Raymond Burghardt, and former U.S. Ambassador to Burma Derek Mitchell, according to the organizer.

It will feature six keynote addresses and six panel discussions covering economic and trade issues, human resources, technological innovations, nongovernmental organization engagement, think tank cooperation, and youth dialogue.

(By Elaine Hou and Frances Huang)
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