U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida is visiting Taiwan to attend the Yushan Forum and advance U.S.-Taiwan cooperation, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Thursday.
During the two-day visit that lasts until Friday, Nishida will deliver a key-note speech at the Yushan Forum and meet with senior officials at Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an AIT statement said.
The annual Yushan Forum, which will be held Oct. 11-12, promotes Taiwan's regional status and supports government efforts to forge a broader relationship with countries covered under its New Southbound Policy, according to organizers.
The AIT said Nishida's visit is part of the International Environmental Partnership (IEP), a joint multi-year effort by the U.S. EPA and Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration.
Through the IEP, the U.S. and Taiwan address common priorities such as environmental education, electronic waste management, air pollution, mercury monitoring, and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater.
Nishida, who has over 30 years of environmental experience in federal and state government with international and nongovernmental organizations, has visited Taiwan several times to promote IEP and launch other cooperative programs, most recently in July 2018, AIT noted.
AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.
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