President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Thursday lauded the success of Taiwan’s delegation to the just-concluded Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting.
Tsai directed government agencies to learn from the achievements of the delegation, which she characterized as a model for turning opportunities for international participation into substantial benefits for the country.
Tsai made the comments during a meeting with Taiwan’s APEC delegation led by People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), Tsai’s representative to the summit, who returned from Lima, Peru on Wednesday.
Noting that APEC is the most important economic and trade organization in the region, the president said that Taiwan attaches great importance to the annual economic leadership meeting. It also proactively participate in APEC-related activities and initiatives in order to engage in exchanges with the other 20 member countries.
Tsai said that prior to Soong’s departure for Lima, she had given the veteran politician the task of bringing back new opportunities for Taiwan through international exchanges, keeping informed about new developments toward regional economic integration and reiterating Taiwan’s interest in playing a role in that process.
During the summit, Soong and the delegation worked to make progress on all three goals. They seized every opportunity to meet with representatives from other APEC members, Tsai said, while lauding the mission as a great success.
She said that for Taiwan, the APEC summit is an important platform through which Taiwan can engage in direct dialogue and consultations with other countries, to create more business opportunities for the country.
The president also said that since joining the forum in 1991 Taiwan has been a trailblazer on many new APEC initiatives. For instance, in 2004 Taipei proposed the establishment of the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC), which works to reduce the digital divide in the APEC region.
During this year’s APEC event, Soong and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the co-establishment of the APEC Women and Economic Sub-Fund, which will work to promote female empowerment, Tsai added.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel