Second Taiwan-U.S. supply chain talks to be held in August: MOEA

05/09/2021 02:55 PM
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Taipei, May 9 (CNA) A second Taiwan-U.S. supply chain dialogue is scheduled to be held by the end of August, a Taiwanese economic official recently told CNA.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dialogue will again be held in both in-person and virtual formats, according to the official who spoke under condition of anonymity.

The two sides, however, have yet to decide on what topics will be addressed at the meeting, but Taiwan is hoping the agenda will focus on 5G or electric cars, the official said.

Taiwan and the U.S. held their first supply chain dialogue on Feb. 5, at which more than 100 participants, including 30 Taiwanese business leaders and many of their American counterparts, discussed future cooperation on semiconductors amid a serious auto chip shortage.

The talks are held under the Taiwan-U.S. Economic Prosperity Partnership (EPP) Dialogue, which was established last year.

The U.S. and Taiwan held the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Taiwan EPP dialogue on Nov. 20, 2020, which resulted in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to advance cooperation.

The MOU is expected to create the foundation for future high-level annual EPP talks, to be held alternately in Washington and Taipei.

Through the EPP dialogue, the two sides agreed to set up working groups to cover issues related to global health security, science and technology, supply chains, 5G and telecommunications security, women's economic empowerment, infrastructure cooperation, and investment screening, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

(By Liang Pei-chi and Joseph Yeh)

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