AIT head praises Taiwan’s leadership in women’s entrepreneurship

Kin Moy, third right, director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), attends the opening of the two-day workshop titled “Building a Bright Future for Women Entrepreneurs in Tech” on Nov. 14, 2017. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – The United States’ top representative in Taiwan on Tuesday praised Taiwan’s experience and leadership in the area of women’s entrepreneurship as a Taiwan-U.S. joint workshop on women’s entrepreneurs in the technology sector opened in Taipei.

Speaking at the opening of the two-day workshop titled “Building a Bright Future for Women Entrepreneurs in Tech,” Kin Moy (梅健華), director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), said the U.S. believes Taiwan “has a tremendous amount of experience and leadership to share in this area.” Taiwan is in many ways at the leading edge of women’s empowerment and technology entrepreneurship, Moy said.

“Taiwan recently elected its first female president, it is a leader in LGBT rights in Asia, and it has been at the forefront of technology innovation for decades,” he said.

The U.S. has always remained committed to promoting female entrepreneurship around the world, Moy said, citing the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be held in India later this month.

The conference will be co-hosted by President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and its theme will be promoting women’s entrepreneurship, he said.

“We have nominated and are supporting the participation of four Taiwan female entrepreneurs at the summit, the highest per capita participation of any economy in Asia,” Moy noted.

Also at the workshop’s opening ceremony, Tsai Ming-yaw (蔡明耀), the secretary-general of Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), said that in terms of women’s entrepreneurship, Taiwan was ranked No. 6 in the Asia-Pacific region in 2016.

He also noted that more than one-third of entrepreneurs in Taiwan’s small and medium-sized businesses are women.

“There are more and more women dedicating themselves to entrepreneurship, showing the promising potential of women’s entrepreneurship in Taiwan,” he said.

“We have achieved much in advancing women’s rights and opportunities. But we understand more can be done both at home and abroad. Promoting women’s rights is a mission beyond borders,” he added.

The workshop is part of the Taiwan-U.S. collaboration under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) established in June 2015 to support bilateral cooperation in international public health, humanitarian assistance and other global issues, according to the MOFA.

Twenty-one officials, experts and women entrepreneurs from 12 countries outside Taiwan – Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Marshall Islands, the Philippines, Palau, Thailand, and Vietnam – are taking part in the workshop, the ministry said.

Eugene Cornelius, Jr, deputy associate administrator for the Office of International Trade with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Audrey Tang (唐鳳), a minister without portfolio responsible for digital policies, are scheduled to give keynote addresses during the workshop.

By Joseph Yeh