Deputy Director-General,Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs
Mr. Chern-chyi “C.C.” Chen has served as Deputy Director-General of the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs since August 15, 2016. He is responsible for helping the Director-General in formulating trade policies and promoting trade relations with Taiwan’s trading partners.
Mr. Chen joined the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in 1989 and over the past 25 years has held a number of senior positions within the Ministry. In addition, he has also served abroad at Taiwan’s representative offices in Washington, Geneva, Singapore, and Brussels.
- Mr. Chen was the Economic Director of the Taipei Representative Office in the European Union & Belgium where he was responsible for promoting Taiwan’s trade relations with each, as well as with Luxemburg.
- Mr. Chen was the negotiator responsible for legal affairs and trade rules of the Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). He assisted the Chief Negotiator (who was also the Vice Minister of MOEA), and also worked on bilateral trade initiatives such as the U.S.-Taiwan Trade & Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) consultations. Mr. Chen also led the effort in litigating against the European Union on trade disputes involving the information technology agreement under the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. He was the Chief Counsel for negotiating the Economic Cooperation Agreement between Taiwan and New Zealand (ANZTEC) and for the Economic Partnership Agreement between Taiwan and Singapore (ASTEP). Mr. Chen also assisted in negotiating a wide range of bilateral agreements with Japan on issues such as investment and E-Commerce, and with mainland China on the Investment Agreement and Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA).
Before joining OTN, Mr. Chen served as the Economic Director at the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore, Taiwan’s de facto mission in Singapore where he helped develop extensive bilateral trade and investment promotion opportunities. He also promoted Taiwan’s initiative to negotiate trade agreements with Singapore. In response to the 2006 ongoing US-South Korea free trade negotiations, Mr. Chen was then transferred to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the US as the Deputy Economic Director to promote an agreement between the US and Taiwan.
Before Singapore, Mr. Chen served in a number of management roles, including Section Chief and Deputy Director at the Bureau of Foreign Trade of MOEA and was responsible for issues related to Taiwan’s accession to the GATT/WTO. During this time, he also worked on trade issues related to APEC, the OECD, and multilateral agreements including issues pertaining to trade remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing measures), state-owned enterprises, investment, government procurement, and intellectual property rights.
- Prior to serving as Section Chief of the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Mr. Chen served at TECRO in Washington, DC and Taiwan’s Representation to the GATT/WTO as Eeconomic Secretary where he was responsible for various trade and legal issues.
- Mr. Chen was born in 1960 in Taipei, Taiwan. He holds a Master of Laws degree in economic administration, and a Master of Comparative Law degree, both from the George Washington University in 1988 and 1986 respectively. Mr. Chen is married and has two children.