Wed, Jul 24, 2002 - Page 3 News List

Business-council conference set to start in September

CNA , TAIPEI

The 26th joint conference of the Taiwan-USA and US-Taiwan Business Councils is scheduled to open in Taipei Sept. 8, officials from the ROC-USA Business Council said yesterday.

More than 400 congressmen, legislators, government officials, academics and business leaders from Taiwan and the US are expected to take part in the annual meeting, which was canceled last year due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the US. It will be the first such event since Taiwan became a full member of the WTO.

Also for the first time in its 26-year history, the joint meeting will be held in two parts -- Sept. 8 to Sept. 12 for Part I and Sept. 30-Oct. 1 for Part II, said Wang Chung-yu (王鍾渝), chairman of the Taiwan-USA Business Council.

US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham is expected to attend an energy workshop to be held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, Wang added.

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is expected to address the opening of the joint conference -- the most prominent business, trade and commercial meeting held annually between Taiwan and the US.

Premier Yu Shyi-kun is also expected to deliver a keynote speech at the opening of the conference and to host a dinner in honor of the participants.

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