Senior APEC Official 2nd Taiwan Visit

June 14, 2016

Matt J. Matthews met with President Tsai Ing-Wen, Premier Lin Chuan, and government officials during his visit to Taiwan June 16-17.

This was his first trip to Asia after he was appointed U.S. Ambassador for APEC in June. He has been the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and concurrently as the Senior Official for APEC since 2015. Matthews is not unfamiliar with Taiwan. This was his second trip to Taiwan since he became Deputy Assistant Secretary of State last year, and he was deputy chief of the Economic Office at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) 1998-2001.

Matthew’s visit focused on strengthening the U.S.-Taiwan bilateral relations and focus on APEC cooperation.

One area of cooperation that has taken off is the “Global Cooperation Training Framework (GCTF)” that was launched last year by Assistant Secretary of State Charles H. Rivkin in Taipei. This platform that was set up in June 1 of 2015 has become a platform that engages bilateral areas of cooperation. Thus far there have been four events engaging in public health and women’s issues.

To build on GCTF, the Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and AIT co-hosted event the “Conference on Energy Efficiency in Asia under U.S.-Taiwan Global Cooperation and Training Framework.” Matthews was the keynote speaker, and the event brought together officials and experts from around the Asia Pacific to engage and exchange ideas in energy efficiency issues.