Taiwan's minister of economic affairs, Chang Chia-juch, said Saturday on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ministerial meeting that Taiwan and Singapore are continuing their talks on signing a free trade agreement and results are expected to come soon.
Chang made the remarks while interacting with ministers from other countries during a breakfast meeting as part of the 19th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation trade-related ministerial meeting which opened in Surabaya on Saturday.
Chang said that the two countries have been in negotiations and have reached consensus on most of the agreement's content.
Chang was engaged in warm interactions with Acting US trade representative Demetrios Marantis and Gregory Domingo, the Philippine secretary of trade and industry.
However, Chang did not have an opportunity to talk with China's new minister of commerce, Gao Hucheng.
Asked whether he will exchange views with Gao on holding follow-up negotiations on the cross-strait economic cooperation framework agreement, Chang said he would like to exchange views with ministers from various countries if an opportunity arises.
This year, the ministerial meeting's theme is Resilient Asia-Pacific, Engine of Global Growth, which is further translated into three priorities related to the attainment of the Bogor Goals, laid out in Indonesia in 1994.
The three priorities are: the promotion of connectivity, and the achievement of sustainable growth with equity, and boosting economic growth for the Asia-Pacific region and creating more jobs. The goals refer to an ambitious manifestation of the group's common belief that free and open trade and investment are essential to realizing sustainable growth in the region.