Taiwan expects to finalize talks with Singapore, NZ
CNATAIPEI--Talks with Singapore and New Zealand on respective proposed economic partnership agreements are expected to be finalized soon, Minister of Economic Affairs Chang Chia-juch said yesterday.
March 14, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Chang said during a legislative session that talks on the two agreements have entered their final phase and are expected to be completed as soon as within the first half of this year.
However, he did not give an exact timetable for the conclusion of the Agreement between Singapore and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Partnership (ASTEP), and the Taiwan-New Zealand Economic Cooperation Agreement (ECA), saying that he could not make a unilateral announcement as the negotiations involve other parties.
Chang made the remarks while answering a question from ruling Kuomintang Legislator Ting Shou-chung on when the pacts can be sealed.
After the ASTEP and the ECA are signed, they will still need to be sent to the Legislative Yuan for review, Chang added.