AmCham calls for early TIFA Talks
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Taipei has urged the top U.S. official in the next round of trade talks with Taiwan for early scheduling of the bilateral trade negotiations.
February 10, 2010, 9:37 am TWN
In a letter dated Feb. 5 to Demetrios Marantis, deputy U.S. Trade Representative and head of the U.S. delegation to the next round of Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks in Taipei, Amcham expressed its hope “that the recent legislative action in Taiwan on the question of U.S. beef imports, however regrettable, will not cause continued delay in the resumption of TIFA talks.
The normally annual TIFA talks have not been held since mid-2007 because of the dispute over Taiwan's restrictions on the import of certain types of U.S. beef.
AmCham said it hopes that the issues of beef and TIFA will be de-linked, enabling the U.S. and Taiwan to move forward to address the numerous other important matters on the bilateral trade and investment agenda.