President appeals for EU-Taiwan BIA
President Tsai Ing-wen has called on the European Union (EU) to establish a Bilateral Investment Agreement (BIA) with Taiwan because of the role it can play as a democratic and economic partner.
Tsai said in a video address to the Forum 2000 Conference, that "Taiwan is ready to be an indispensable partner to Europe, not only on democratic renewal, but also on biotechnology, renewable energy, data protection, ocean governance and semiconductors".
She says Taiwan's world-renowned high-tech sector will also play a "critical role in creating a secure global supply chain that protects key technologies".
Forum 2000 is a foundation and annual conference held in Prague, Czech Republic. It was founded in 1996 as a joint initiative of then-Czech President Vaclav Havel, Japanese philanthropist Yohei Sasakawa, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel.
Tsai first attended the Forum 2000 Conference last year, when it was also held virtually, at the invitation of the foundation.