- US-Taiwan Business Council
company_name = US-Taiwan Business Council
Měi Tái Shāng Yè Xíe Hùi
company_type = Non-profit
company_slogan = "Fostering Business Relations between the United States and Taiwan"
foundation = 1976;
Arlington, Virginia; USA
key_people = Paul D. Wolfowitz
Senator Lisa Murkowski
Senator John D. Rockefeller
industry = Trade Promotion
services = Information Products
homepage = [http://www.us-taiwan.org www.us-taiwan.org]
The US-Taiwan Business Council (Traditional Chinese: 美台商業協會;
Pinyin: Měi Tái Shāng Yè Xíe Hùi) is a membership-based, non-profit organizationfounded in 1976 to foster trade and business relations between the United Statesand Taiwan. Council members consist of private companies with business interests in Taiwan, and range in size from one-person consulting firms to large multinational corporations. Because the organization reflects the views and concerns of an extensive group of US businesses, the Council is generally considered to be one of the most influential private organizations playing a part in the unofficial relationship between the two economies. The organization is particularly well known in the Defense & Security community, as it is the host of an annual [http://www.us-taiwan.org/defense/events.html US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference] . The [http://www.atimes.com/china/DC19Ad02.html inaugural conference] in St. Petersburg, Floridain 2002 brought Taiwan's Minister of National Defense to the U.S. for the first time since 1979.
The mission of the US-Taiwan Business Council - as defined in its By-Laws - is to develop private economic, commercial and financial relationships, to foster investment, trade, and commerce between the United States and Taiwan. [http://www.us-taiwan.org]
The organization provides a variety of services to its members, including:
strategicbusiness advice to companies looking to get established, or to expand, in the Taiwan market. Advocacywork - on behalf of individual companies or on behalf of groups of members - can range from dealing with market access issues and equipment sales, to resolving contractual difficulties or attempting to change Taiwan government policies.
Weekly email bulletins examine recent US-Taiwan-China business, economic, and political developments. Issues covered include General
Business, Finance & Banking, Defense & Security, Semiconductors, PCs, Intellectual property, and Biotechnology.
Quarterly publications include an in-depth analysis on recent trends in a sector, and contain contact information, statistics, and other relevant data. Quarterly reports are produced on defense and security, and on semiconductors.
Conferences, seminars, receptions, and other events are held throughout the U.S. and Taiwan each year. The two largest events are the annual "US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference" and the "Taiwan + China Semiconductor Industry Conference". Tang Yiau-ming, Taiwan's Minister of National Defense, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense
Paul Wolfowitzand U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly attended the 2002 Defense Industry Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. Taiwan Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min attended the 2008 Defense Industry Conference on Amelia Island, Florida.
The organization cultivates an extensive network of contacts and relationships within the U.S. and Taiwan governments, as well as within the private sector and among
non-government organizations with an interest in Taiwan. Both the United States Congressand the Executive Branchfrequently call upon the organization to express its views on the US-Taiwan business relationship.
Board of Directors
Staff in functional departments
Chairman: Paul D. Wolfowitz
Vice President: [http://www.lottaworld.com Lotta Danielsson-Murphy]
Director of Finance & Administration: Christine Messick
David M. Kennedyformed the organization in Chicago, Illinoisas the “USA-ROC Economic Council.” For the next 14 years he served as Chairman of the organization and helped guide its development. William Morellwas elected President the same year.
The organization quickly got involved with the commercial and political spheres in both the
United Statesand Taiwan, and it played an important role in the drafting and passing of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) in 1979, the legislation that guides US-Taiwan relations in liu of official diplomatic recognition.
The 1980s brought the Council an expanded membership base and deeper ties with business and political leaders in Taiwan. Since U.S. diplomatic recognition had been transferred from
Taipeito Beijing, the Council took on greater importance as it continued to work towards strengthening trade and communications with Taiwan on behalf of American companies.
Caspar Weinberger("Cap") succeeded David Kennedy as Chairman of the organization and David Lauxwas elected to take the place of outgoing President William Morell. The change in leadership also brought with it a change in venue, as the Council relocated its office from Chicagoto Washington, D.C.
In 1991, the Council formed its “Chairman’s Circle,” a group of member companies with heavily vested business interests in Taiwan. In 1995,
Dan Tellepwas elected Chairman as Caspar Weinberger rotated out of the post. Soon afterwards the “USA-ROC Economic Council” changed its name to the “US-ROC (Taiwan) Business Council.”
William P. Clark was elected Chairman in January 1997. Later that year, Senators
Frank H. Murkowskiof Alaskaand John D. Rockefeller, IV of West Virginiabecame Honorary Co-chairmen. The Council also moved once more to Arlington, Virginiato share a floor with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the entity that - under contract to the U.S. State Department- manages America’s unofficial relationship with the island. Frank C. Carluccireplaced William Clark as Chairman of the organization in 1999.
David Lauxstepped down and Rupert Hammond-Chamberswas elected as the youngest-ever President. In 2001, the name of the organization was again changed to “US-Taiwan Business Council.” In 2003, William Cohenwas elected as Chairman and Senator Conrad Burnsof Montanatook the place of Frank Murkowskias Honorary Co-chairman.
In 2005, the Council gained new leadership with the election of Senator William Brock to the Chairmanship and
Vance D. Coffmanto the position of Vice Chairman. In 2007, Senator Lisa Murkowskiof Alaskatook over the Honorary Co-Chairman seat vacated by Conrad Burns. In 2008, Paul D. Wolfowitz joined the Council as its Chairman, succeeding Bill Brock.
1700 North Moore Street, Suite 1703
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone: (703) 465-2930
Fax: (703) 465-2937
The Council is incorporated in the District of Columbia and is designated by the
Internal Revenue Serviceas a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(6)of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Council's "sister organization" in Taiwan is the
ROC-USA Business Council. During the 1980s and 1990s, the two organizations co-hosted conferences - called "Annual Joint Business Conferences" - which were held on alternate years in either Taiwan or the US. The conferences served as opportunities for high-level bilateral dialogue, and often brought United States Cabinetofficers to Taiwan. This tradition ended in 2004.
* [http://www.us-taiwan.org Official site]
* [http://www.us-taiwan.org/defense/events.html US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference]
* [http://taiwansecurity.org/TSR-Tang.htm Articles about the first Defense Industry Conference]
* [http://www.taiwan-china-outlook.com Taiwan + China Semiconductor Outlook Conference]
* [http://www.rocusabc.org.tw ROC-USA Business Council]
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