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Foreign minister meets with APEC business representatives

2012/05/16 21:16:52

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Foreign Minister Timothy Yang met Wednesday with entrepreneurs who will represent Taiwan at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)-related meetings, acknowledging their contribution to promoting the country in the international business arena.

The leaders are recognized for their efforts in promoting exchanges between Taiwan and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), according to a statement released by the foreign ministry.

The three business leaders will continue to serve as Taiwan's ABAC representatives for the next four years, the ministry said.

Tsai Hong-tu, chairman of Cathay Financial Holding Co.; Matthew Miao, chairman of MiTAC-Synnex Group; and Cher Wang, chairwoman of Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC Corp., were appointed by President Ma Ying-jeou as APEC representatives in 2009.

The three will participate in the second ABAC meeting May 21-24 in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia.

The first ABAC meeting was held in China in February, and two more are scheduled to be held in Vietnam and Russia in July and September, respectively.

The ABAC comprises three appointed representatives from each of the 21 APEC member states. The discussions, which dwell on various economic issues, serve as policy reference for APEC leaders.

Themed "Aspiration to Reality," the 2012 ABAC meetings will focus on regional economic integration, entrepreneurship and sustainable growth, with emphasis on the key areas of transportation and logistics, technology transfer, green development and eco cities.

(By Nancy Liu)