First Round of TIFA Talks

Year & Location

1995, Washington, D.C.

Chief Negotiators

  • Taiwan: Justin Yi-fu Lin, Director General of the Bureau of Foreign Trade
  • U.S.: Robert Cassidy, Assistant USTR

Overview of Meeting

The first meeting saw full discussions on Taiwan’s institution for protecting intellectual property rights, a request for US to support Taiwan’s participation in OECD activities, Taiwan-US customs cooperation, Taiwan-US interim ATA Carnet Cooperation, Taiwan-US environment and trade cooperation, and economic and trade issues related to Taiwan’s accession to the WTO, (including tariffs, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and finance). Subsequently, both sides completed in 1996 the signing of Bilateral Carnet Agreement between AIT and TECRO.

About the Taiwan-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement

  • Conceived in December 1992 during USTR Carla Hill's visit to Taipei.
  • The most recent TIFA was held in October 2016 in Washington DC.
  • TIFA is the primary platform for bilateral trade dispute resolution, trade promotion, and investment cooperation between Taiwan and the U.S.