Singapore, May 3 (CNA) Taiwan's new representative to Singapore, Hsieh Fadah arrived in the city state Thursday and said he will work to achieve mutual benefits for the two countries.
Hsieh told reporters at Changi Airport that he will help initiate businesses that will benefit both Taiwan and Singapore in the near future.
The new envoy was warmly welcomed upon arrival at the airport by Chung Shih-dah, a member of the Overseas Compatriots Affairs Commission, and Hsu Ching-yu, chairman of the Taipei Business Association in Singapore, as well as some 100 Taiwanese expatriates here.
At his swearing-in ceremony late last month in Taipei, Hsieh said he hoped to speed up talks on a bilateral free trade deal with the city state and would make it a priority.
But he said it would be unrealistic to give a timeframe for negotiations leading to the free trade deal, which would be known formally as the Agreement between Singapore and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Partnership (ASTEP).
Hsieh, 62, most recently was Taiwan's representative to Switzerland and before that served as Taiwan's vice economics minister. He is considered an experienced economics expert with a diplomatic background.
(By Tang Pei-chun and Ann Chen)