Taiwan-U.S. Innovation Workshop Hosts TAITRA Chairman Francis Liang

June 17, 2016



On June 17 the Taipei Economic and Culture Office of New York (TECO New York) hosted a Taiwan-US Innovation Workshop 2016 Summer Networking Event. Ms. Lily Hsu, Director General of TECO-NY kicked off the event with her welcoming remarks, followed by the keynote speech from Chairman Francis Liang. His speech was titled “Taiwan is an indispensable economic and trading partner of the Unites States,” and highlighted Taiwan’s several advantages in innovation, including talent, industrial clusters, a free and friendly business investment environment, as well as IPR protection. He also mentioned Tesla as a successful model of Taiwan-U.S. cooperation. Most importantly, he noted that Taiwan’s participation in the TPP would help to create more business opportunities for the U.S., and urged U.S. support.

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)’s Chairman Mr. Francis Liang was in New York as the lead of a high-level business delegation to attend the “2016 Select USA Investment Summit,” hosted by President Barack Obama on June 19-21 in Washington D.C. Mr. Liang's New York visit also included meetings with several key economic officials from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, in addition to networking with U.S. companies and start-ups engaging in diverse industries including IoT, fashion design and energy management. The delegation successfully connected with many New York startups and innovation companies.

In addition to Mr. Francis Liang, other speakers at the workshop included Mr. Joseph Burke, Deputy Secretary of the ‎Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development and Ms. Margie Pilliere, Chief Economic Development Officer of Choose New Jersey.

After Deputy Secretary Mr. Joseph Burke and the Chief Economic Development Officer Ms. Margie Pilliere introduced ‎Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s business environment and investment opportunities, Taiwan business delegates, New York startups and innovation accelerators/incubators presented their own company niches and discussed future cooperation.

New York City not only attracts talent from around the world, but is also a global center for finance, media, culture, sports and entertainment. The Taiwan-U.S. Innovation Workshop helps to link industrial advantages present in both the Taiwan and the U.S. to create fruitful cooperation opportunities.