Taipei (CNA) – Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan (賀陳旦) left Wednesday for an APEC ministerial meeting to be held in Papua New Guinea, where he hopes to exchange experiences with his foreign counterparts and explore opportunities for Taiwanese companies.

Ho Chen will first make a transit stop in the Philippines to connect to a flight for Port Moresby, where a meeting of transportation ministers of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum members will be held from Oct. 9 to 13.

“We hope that we can help forge cooperative ventures between local transportation companies and companies of countries targeted by Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy during the meeting,” Chen said at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport before leaving.

Chen, who is being accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) and the MOTC-affiliated Civil Aeronautics Administration and Maritime Port Bureau, is scheduled to return to Taiwan on Oct. 10.

The New Southbound Policy is an initiative of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to enhance cooperation with countries in Southeast Asia and South Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand. 

By C.C. Chiu and Flor Wang