Rivkin Launches Digital Economy Forum

June 5, 2015

Assistant Secretary Charles H. Rivkin visited Taipei from May 31 to June 3 to discuss ways to further deepen the U.S.-Taiwan economic partnership. Rivkin, who is responsible for managing trade negotiations, investment treaties and other economic issues at the State Department. Prior to his career in the government, Rivkin had over two decades of experience in the private sector in the media sector.

Rivkin opened the COMPUTEX--the world’s second-largest information and communications technology forum and the biggest one in Asia. He underlined the future and the great potential of the digital economy, and in his opening remarks announced the launch of the U.S.-Taiwan Digital Economy Forum jointly with Taiwan Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Bill Cho Shi-chao. The forum will be a high-level, multi-stakeholder platform for discussion of digital economy policy issues. The forum is expected to take place later in 2015, and will be jointly-led by the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda and Minister Woody Duh from the National Development Council.

Aside from attending COMPUTEX, Rivkin also spoke at the opening ceremony of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab Future City Workshop. The workshop was a week-long program designed to inspire Taiwan’s young entrepreneurs and students was co-sponsored by Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau.

Rivkin also signed a memorandum of understanding on the Global Cooperation Training Framework at the Taipei Guest House. Rivkin commented that the MOU which aims to enhance bilateral cooperation in responding to global challenges would “take our partnership to new areas and a new level.” 

Rivkin also had a closed-door meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou discussing “matters of importance to our economies.”