US-Taiwan Business Council


US-Taiwan Business Council
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Virtual Event


September 2, 2020


2:00 pm



Virtual Discussion: Enhanced Supply Chain Security between the U.S. and Taiwan

The US-Taiwan Business Council is hosting a virtual event for a discussion on supply chain security and opportunities for cooperation between the U.S. and Taiwan. We hope that you will join us to watch a stimulating dialogue on these important issues.



2:00 pm – 2:07 pm  Introductory Remarks
 Michael Splinter, Chairman, US-Taiwan Business Council
2:07 pm – 2:15 pm  Opening Remarks
 Ambassador Bi-khim Hsiao, Taiwan Representative to the United States
2:15 pm – 2:25 pm  Panel Opening Remarks & Introductions
 Rupert Hammond-Chambers, President, US-Taiwan Business Council
2:25 pm – 2:35 pm  Remarks on the CHIPS for America Act
 Claire Sanderson, Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator John Cornyn
2:35 pm – 2:45 pm  Panel Remarks
 Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Presentation: Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
2:45 pm – 2:55 pm  Panel Remarks
 Peter Cleveland, Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
2:55 pm – 3:30 pm  Intra-Panelist Discussions & Audience Q/A
(Written audience questions)

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the U.S. vulnerability to supply chain disruptions, demonstrating the urgent need to incentivize on-shoring and to diversify and make resilient our key supply chains. The risk is clear across sectors such as medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods, but it also holds true for another key industry – semiconductors. A disruption of the supply chain for semiconductor chips – the main component of modern electronics -would have serious repercussions for the U.S. economy and for national security, severely damaging the U.S. technology sector and hampering innovation.

Given its global importance in the semiconductor sector, and as a hub for cutting-edge semiconductor production, Taiwan plays a crucial role in the technology supply chain for U.S. companies. This virtual event will feature a panel discussion on how to enhance the security of the U.S.-Taiwan supply chain, and on available strategies to mitigate disruptions. The event will also feature remarks on the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America Act (CHIPS for America Act), bipartisan Congressional legislation that aims to invest in semiconductor manufacturing incentives and research initiatives to strengthen and sustain U.S. leadership in chip technology.

Note that questions for the panel can be submitted both before and during the event via email to (please state your name and affiliation), via Twitter to @ustaiwan, as well as during the event through the chat function on the YouTube page.

We look forward to having you with us on September 2, 2020!