Deputy U.S. assistant secretary of state to speak at Taipei workshop

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scott Busby (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA)-Deputy United States Assistant Secretary of State Scott Busby will deliver a speech to open a Taiwan-U.S. co-hosted workshop on defending democracy, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced Monday.

Busby, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor, will join AIT Director William Brent Christensen, Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) as special guests to the two-day workshop scheduled for Thursday and Friday, an AIT media advisory said.

Meanwhile, Digital Minister Audrey Tang (唐鳳), will deliver keynote welcome remarks, it added.

The workshop is to be held under the Taiwan-U.S. Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF), according to the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.

Established in June 2015, the GCTF is designed to support bilateral cooperation in international public health, humanitarian assistance and other global issues.

The workshop will include participants from 12 countries spanning two continents, who will share lessons and practices to deepen international cooperation on promoting media literacy.

This will be the 13th workshop since the GCTF’s inception in 2015, AIT said.

According to the State Department’s website, Busby has served in his post since December 2013, where he oversees the Bureau’s work on Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, multilateral and global affairs, including U.S. engagement on human rights at the United Nations,
disability rights, LGBTI rights, internet freedom, business and human rights, and International Labor Affairs.

He previously served as director for Human Rights on the National Security Council in the White House from 2009-2011, where he managed a wide range of human rights and refugee issues.