High-level U.S. treasury official to visit Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/17
By: Emerson Lim

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) Mitchell Silk, acting assistant secretary for international markets at the U.S. Treasury Department, was due to arrive in Taiwan Wednesday for a two-day visit to foster cooperation on energy and infrastructure between the U.S. and Taiwan.

Silk will propose ideas for developing domestic and regional energy and infrastructure markets as part of the Indo-Pacific vision's Asia Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy (EDGE) initiative and the Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network (ITAN), the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced in a press statement.

Asia EDGE is a whole-of-government initiative designed to strengthen energy security and promote energy access across the Indo-Pacific region, while ITAN is aimed at improving partner countries' project planning and management capacity, according to the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

"This will be Mr. Silk's first visit to Taiwan in his capacity as acting assistant secretary," the AIT said, adding that he will be accompanied by David Gottfried, deputy director of the Office of Investment, Energy and Infrastructure in the International Affairs division of the U.S. Treasury.

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