The Executive Yuan's Trade and Economic Negotiations Office, headed by Minister Without Portfolio John Deng (???), began operations Tuesday.
The office's key policy goals are to promote Taiwan's participation in multilateral economic and trade talks and regional economic integration; strengthen Taiwan's economic and trade relations with other countries; and help Taiwan improve its trade laws and economic fundamentals through international negotiations and cooperation, according to the Cabinet.
After a briefing by Deng on Monday, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Taiwan needs to adapt to the changing international economic and trade environment through effective negotiations with other countries, according to the Cabinet.
The new trade office will be headed by Deng and officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Cabinet said.
Deng will serve as the chief negotiator, while Deputy Foreign Minister Javier Ching-shan Hou (???), Deputy Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua (???) and another person will be appointed by Premier Lin Chuan (??) to serve as deputies, the Cabinet said.
The office will be staffed by negotiators from relevant government agencies and will be responsible for coordination and cooperation among various government agencies, the Cabinet said.
The first tasks of the negotiators will be to represent Taiwan in talks on the Environmental Goods Agreement and the Trade in Services Agreement under the World Trade Organization, push forward the government's "new southbound policy" and prepare Taiwan for participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to the Cabinet.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel