U.S. Citizens Are Invited to the Voting Assistance Workshop on March 9, 2018

Your vote counts! Make sure your voice is heard in the 2018 mid-term elections!

Are you a U.S. Citizen in Taiwan who would like to vote in the 2018 U.S. mid-term elections from Taiwan? The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is hosting a Voting Assistance Workshop on Friday, March 9, 2018 and you are invited!

Participation in the electoral process, regardless of political affiliation, is a right of citizenship that ties us together as Americans. Voting overseas is simpler than you may think. Because each state has different requirements, however, it’s important to understand the process and make sure you are properly registered. This workshop will provide participants with the information, resources, and tools needed to successfully participate in the electoral process from overseas.

The Voting Assistance Workshop is an interactive, hands-on training session led by a Washington-based official of the Federal Voters Assistance Program. Come join AIT officers and community volunteers to learn how to exercise your electoral rights – and gets certified to teach others how to do it too!

When: March 9 (Friday) from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. (Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early as you will have to pass through security before entering the venue.)

Where: The American Center

Suite 2101, 21st Floor, International Trade Building

No. 333, Keelung Road, Section 1, Taipei City

* Parking is limited in the neighborhood, so participants may find it more convenient to use public transportation or taxis.

Who: All U.S. citizen resident in Taiwan are invited.

How: Please RSVP by March 1 (Thursday) to [email protected] A U.S. passport will be required for entry.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop on March 9th!

Summarize Business Information into a Compelling Story

According to the European Commission, all the digital data created, replicated, and consumed in 2020 will reach 40 zettabytes (1 zettabyte = 1021 bytes), double the number in 2018. The huge amount of available data has forced people to be highly selective about what information to pay attention to. It has therefore never been more critical for business entities to have their messages delivered in an engaging, reader-friendly format.

On January 31, William Zyzo, Managing Director of Z&A Knowledge Solutions and Advisor to AmCham Taipei’s Advanced Learning Lab, led a one-day seminar, held in the Chamber’s Lincoln Room, entitled “How To Summarize Business Information into a Compelling Story.”

Team members brainstormed to transform a business message into an impressive speech.

To encourage dynamic interaction among members, the workshop was interwoven with speech videos, scripts for practice, and group activities. Zyzo concluded the session with a powerful framework for constructing a riveting business message:

Prepare

Organize

Write

Edit

Rehearse

Finalize

Urge & Persuade

Listen & Answer Questions

 

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Note: AmCham events are intended primarily for AmCham members and their guests. Many events are open to members’ guests and other non-members, but the attendance of any non-member must be approved in advance. AmCham reserves the right not to admit a non-member to any event without explanation.

Introducing the New “Employment Gold Card”

Creation of the Employment Gold Card for foreign special professionals was an important measure in the recently enacted “Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals” designed to help create a friendly environment for foreign professionals to work and stay in Taiwan. The Employment Gold Card has been open for application since February 8.

Foreign special professionals are defined as important corporate executives and those with recognized expertise in designated fields. The Employment Gold Card combines the functions of a work permit, residency visa, alien residence certificate (ARC), and re-entry permit. Holders of the card will enjoy greater flexibility in seeking, taking up and changing employment, including a longer term of validity of their work permits.

The National Development Council welcomes recommendations of potential candidates eligible for the Card. See the criteria for eligibility – 20180205 Criteria for Foreign Special Professionals

Field Trip to the Taoyuan Aerotropolis Office

As the largest national infrastructure project since the Ten Major Infrastructure Projects in the 70s, the Taoyuan Aerotropolis Project appears to be a critical piece in Taiwan’s future. The project was previously announced in 2012, but was tabled for years due to various obstacles including land acquisition. Now the project again appears ready for take-off.

From left to right: Hsieh Huai-hui, Vice President, Taoyuan Aerotropolis Co., Ltd.; AmCham President William Foreman; Huang Shih-cho, Chairman of Taoyuan Aerotropolis Co., Ltd.

On January 26, the Taoyuan Aerotropolis Co. invited representatives from AmCham Taipei to the Taoyuan Aerotropolis Vision Hall to get a first-hand look at the plans for this program. Members and guests were greeted by Huang Shih-cho, Chairman of the Taoyuan Aerotropolis Co. and Hsieh Huai-hui, the company’s Vice President, who provided a thorough briefing and addressed the visitors’ questions in a Q&A session. Huang emphasized four of Taoyuan’s key advantages as a potential regional hub:

  • Excellent quality of workforce
  • Complete supply chain
  • Central location: three hours to major Asian cities
  • Low earthquake frequency

 

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Note: AmCham events are intended primarily for AmCham members and their guests. Many events are open to members’ guests and other non-members, but the attendance of any non-member must be approved in advance. AmCham reserves the right not to admit a non-member to any event without explanation.

Brookings Delegation Visits AmCham Taipei

A delegation from the prominent Washington D.C.-based think tank The Brookings Institution called on AmCham Taipei on January 24 for an exchange of views on the status and prospects of U.S.-Taiwan economic relations. The Brookings group was led by Senior Fellow David Dollar, a former World Bank Director for China and Mongolia. It also included Ryan Hass, a former staff member of the National Security Council; Robert Wang, a former Deputy Director of the American Institute in Taiwan; Research Assistant Maeve Whelan-Wuest; and Kelsey Broderick of the Eurasia Group.

They met with AmCham Taipei President William Foreman, Former Chamber Chairmen Tom McGowan and Dan Silver; and AmCham Taipei Senior Directors Don Shapiro and Amy Chang.