APEC economic meeting will include Siew: MOFA
CNATAIPEI -- Former Vice President and economics expert Vincent Siew will meet with Asia Pacific economics leaders in Indonesia next month to discuss regional trade and economic integration, a foreign ministry official said Tuesday.
September 18, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
The dialogue will be held in Bali on Oct. 7, the opening day of an economics leaders' meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, said Kelly Hsieh, head of the Department of International Organizations.
Siew and his counterparts from Australia, Brunei and Mexico will discuss the progress of economic development and integration in the region, Hsieh said.
Accompanied by Cathay Financial Holdings Chairman Tsai Hong-tu, a Taiwanese member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Siew will also hold talks on the same topics with regional business leaders on the council, according to Hsieh.
If United States President Barack Obama attends the APEC forum during his visit to Asia in October, as planned, there is a possibility that Siew would meet him, Hsieh said.
Siew was appointed for the first time to represent President Ma Ying-jeou at the annual summit, replacing former Vice President Lien Chan who had been Ma's proxy in previous years.
Taiwan's presidents have been unable to attend the APEC meetings in person due to China's objections. Siew will lead a delegation of 90 officials and academics to the APEC meetings this year.
Also on Oct. 7, economic leaders will gather for a closed-door meeting on sustainable growth in the region, to discuss food, water resources and energy security and how to strengthen multilateral trade, according to Hsieh.
Taiwan has been seeking integration with other regional economies by pushing for economic cooperation pacts with China, New Zealand and Singapore. The island has also been working to liberalize trade in a bid to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership multi-national free trade bloc.