By: Shih Hsiu-chuan
Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) Ample opportunity exists for Taiwan to cooperate with countries in South Asia in the areas of entrepreneurship, public health and women’s empowerment, a former United States official specializing in the region said in Taipei on Friday.
Speaking at the Yushan Forum, Atul Keshap, vice chancellor of the College of International Security Affairs at National Defense University in the United States, offered a number of suggestions on initiatives Taiwan can take to engage with South Asian countries.
For example, Taiwan can collaborate with Bangladesh to expand into electronics manufacturing, partner with Sri Lanka to develop its information technology sector, or collaborate with India to develop high value/high trust supply chains, Keshap said.
“The U.S. can be a partner in these efforts through the Global Cooperation and Training Framework and there are no doubt many more avenues for mutually beneficial cooperation,” said Keshap, former U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka from 2015 to 2018.