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王前理事長暨各位理監事先進:
承蒙諸位理監事先進厚愛,推選本人擔任「中美經濟合作策進會」第八任理事長,內心雖感無比榮幸,但也深覺責任重大,還盼各位先進多多指導與支持。
王前理事長暨各位理監事先進:
承蒙諸位理監事先進厚愛,推選本人擔任「中美經濟合作策進會」第八任理事長,內心雖感無比榮幸,但也深覺責任重大,還盼各位先進多多指導與支持。
本會創會至今已有38年,在王前理事長以及歷任理事長共同努力下,為促進中美經貿合作,貢獻良多,在此要向各位表達最高的敬意與謝意。於此同時,我們也特別感念本會辜前榮譽理事長濂松先生,我願意藉這個機會與各位先進,分享一些我服務公職期間與Jeffrey互動的回憶。
我國首任無任所大使濂松先生,不但是台灣知名的企業界領袖,更是70年代台灣外交經貿遭到重大各種挫折之際,義無反顧,以實際行動,利用個人時間、聲望與人脈,協助政府突破困境,為國家開創一條民間經貿外交之路的先行者。他在世期間,除爭取「亞太商工總會(CACCI)」將總部永久設在台灣外,更一手催生「亞洲銀行家協會(ABA)」,為台灣財經首長與各國金融領袖建立溝通管道。記得在我任職瓜地馬拉大使期間,他就以豐厚的人脈,成功協助推動台瓜兩地人民的經貿合作與友誼,獲得政府和友邦元首高度肯定。2008年5月我接任外交部長,同年9月他接掌本會理事長,使我有幸與他再度合作。無論在APEC領袖峰會及促進中美經貿合作交流,都有他瀟灑的身影。他歷任無任所大使、總統府國策顧問、資政,績效卓著,先後獲頒國家二等卿雲、景星、一等外交等勳獎章,以及無數外國元首政府頒贈的勳獎榮譽,不但為台灣企業家樹立不朽典範,也證明他一生為國家及社會的付出與不凡成就。
展望未來,中美經濟合作策進會除在既有的基礎上,持續推動中美經貿交流合作外,也打算加強與幾個美國尚未在台設辦事處各州以及地方政府的聯繫;未來不僅要擴大與本會簽約馬里蘭州商貿活動,也會積極開創五大湖區(Great Lakes)沿岸城市的交流。根據經濟學家預測,未來二十年,美國三分之二的經濟增長,都將依靠五大湖區的城市群;而位於湖區沿岸的芝加哥、匹茲堡、克里夫蘭、聖路易、底特律等城市的經濟實力,將扮演關鍵性角色;本會應重視此一情勢發展,提出應對策略。我們更期許各位理監事,多給我們一些新想法。未來與外交部及AIT等單位都會保持密切聯繫,掌握最新訊息,推動各項產業委員會,為我們的會員提供最好的服務。
面對兩岸關係的改變,本會工作同仁也要重視台美與大陸三方的經貿資訊,扮演三邊經貿企業合作之橋樑角色,以協助本會會員在企業全球化發展趨勢下,永續經營,大展鴻圖。
最後,還請各位先進一本初衷,繼續指導支持,我將竭盡所能,大家為新世紀的中美經貿關係共同努力,展現成果。謝謝各位,並祝福各位身體健康、萬事如意。

In Memoriam: Jeffrey Koo
"He did indeed live a full life." by William Zarit, Minister for Commercial Affairs of U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China

"Sad though it is. He was a remarkable individual, with many friends." by Richard McCormack, former Under Secretary of State for Economic, business and Agricultural Affairs

"It is a very good tribute to one of Taiwan’s most important leaders." by Mark Jarvis

"Jeffrey was a legend!" by Terry Otis, President of Otis Associates, LLC

In Memoriam: Jeffrey Koo






 

 

Dear Council members, friends and colleagues,

Jeffrey Koo - one of Taiwan's richest, most prominent, and most colorful businessmen, who also played a major role in U.S.-Taiwan economic and business relations - sadly passed away Thursday, December 6 in New York City. Jeffrey was in New York at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for treatment, and he passed away surrounded by his wife, three sons, a daughter, and other family members. The family is returning him to Taiwan for a funeral and burial there.

Born in September 1933 in Taiwan during Japanese rule, he graduated from Soochow University in Taipei in 1957 with a B.A. degree in accounting. He then moved to New York, where he graduated from New York University in 1962 with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He returned to Taiwan and founded what is now the China Trust Commercial Bank with his uncle, Koo Chen-fu, in 1966. That was just the beginning of his long and illustrious business career in Taiwan. In 2008, Forbes ranked Jeffrey the sixth richest individual on the island, with a net worth of U.S. $2.8 billion.


Jeffrey also played a major role in the development of U.S.-Taiwan business relations, and he holds a number of awards from the U.S., Japan, and the Philippines for his international efforts. Jeffrey was also Chairman of the ROC-USA Business Council, our counterpart Council in Taiwan, for many years. There he provided a leadership role on US-Taiwan relations, and he spent decades helping to boost bilateral ties and the business relationship between the two countries. Jeffrey was a colorful figure, and a visit to his office - where the walls were covered with photos of him with world business and government leaders - was an experience.

Robert Parker, who sits on the Council’s Executive Committee and who was a long-time friend, noted that “Jeffrey Koo lived life to the full, and he made the world a better place. He created more jobs, enjoyed more friendships, excelled in more endeavors, and gave back more to his country and the society he lived in than a hundred ordinary men. I treasure the memory of our friendship and will miss him greatly.”

David Laux, previously President of the Council, said that “Jeffrey Koo did a lot to bring Taiwan into useful international connections and to promote their business possibilities. He introduced credit cards to Taiwan in 1974. He kept contacts up with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and was an advisor to three Taiwan Presidents: Lee Teng-hui, Chen Shui-bian, and Ma Ying-jeou. Importantly, he advocated for and supported closer economic cooperation with China a key tenant of the administration of President Ma.”

Jeffrey’s contribution to the relationship between the United States and Taiwan is without peer. He represents a class of Taiwan patriot who built incredibly successful companies which were then used as platforms to build bridges with America and with other countries. While we will all mourn him, his family and friends can look back with immense pride at his legacy.


Sincerely yours,

Rupert Hammond-Chambers
President
US-Taiwan Business Council

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