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U.S. Department of Commerce deputy assistant secretary visits Taiwan

2018/12/03 16:14:46

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing Ian Steff (Image taken from the AIT website)

Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing Ian Steff arrived in Taiwan on Monday for a two-day trip to strengthen bilateral trade and investment, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced Monday.

The visit is intended to strengthen U.S.-Taiwan trade ties, advocate for U.S. business, and advance the economic pillar of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, according to an AIT statement.

"This trip will also provide an opportunity for advocacy on key market access issues, as well as promote Taiwan investment in the U.S.," AIT said.

During the visit, Steff will also meet with private sector representatives to discuss trade and investment, including the SelectUSA Summit, which is dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S., it added.

In a separate press statement, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) welcomed the U.S. official's visit which it believes can further promote closer ties between both nations.

This is Steff's second trip to Taiwan this year, according to a MOFA statement. He last visited in March 2018 to attend the Smart City Summit & Expo.

Steff was appointed deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing in the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration in June 2017, according to information available on the State Department website.

In addition, he is currently performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the assistant secretary for global markets and director-general of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service at the request of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Steff oversees approximately 1,400 trade and investment professionals based in more than 100 U.S. cities and 70 markets around the world, manages a US$300 million budget and a broad portfolio of International Trade Administration initiatives aimed at increasing the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and service providers.

(By Joseph Yeh)