Chamber members gathered in the ballroom of the Sherwood Taipei on July 3 for a luncheon program bidding farewell to Kin Moy as he prepares to return to Washington at the end of his three-year tour as Director of the American Institute of Taiwan.
AmCham Chairman Albert Chang thanked Moy, the chief American representative in Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic relations, for being “an unceasing friend and supporter of the Chamber.” Chang lauded Moy for his stellar accomplishments during his tenure, including:
- The completion and inauguration of AIT’s new office complex in Neihu, a tangible symbol of the enduring friendship between the U.S. and Taiwan.
- Expanded economic ties (major Taiwanese investment projects in the U.S., promoting U.S. exports, and large Taiwan delegations to SelectUSA in Washington).
- The admission last year of Taiwan travelers to the United States’ Global Entry program (only the third U.S. partner in Asia with this honor).
- Cooperative and training programs in areas like the digital economy, environmental protection, public health, women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, and humanitarian assistance.
Chang concluded, however, that “what makes Kin Moy so special” is much more than those achievements. Using a number of anecdotes as examples, he cited Moy’s warmth, humor, and accessibility.
In his remarks, Moy expressed appreciation to AmCham for its close cooperation with AIT, for providing valuable briefings to visiting dignitaries from the U.S., and for holding impressive events such as the annual Hsieh Nien Fan banquet and American Ball. He noted that AmCham provides AIT with many “great ideas” for furthering the bilateral economic relationship – ideas that AIT relays back to Washington.
Moy referred to the recent dedication ceremony for the new AIT office complex as a “historic occasion,” as it confirms that the “U.S. commitment to Taiwan is about the long term.”
On the morning of the AmCham luncheon, Moy was presented with the Order of the Brilliant Star by President Tsai Ing-wen in recognition of his contribution to U.S.-Taiwan relations.
Moy’s successor as AIT director, William Brent Christensen, is expected to arrive later in the summer. He previously served as AIT’s deputy director from 2012 to 2015. His deputy, who has already taken office, is Raymond Greene, who was previously posted in Taipei as deputy chief of the AIT political section from 2001 to 2005.