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Guam governor to lead business delegation to Taiwan

2012/04/17 22:27:15

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) The governor of the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam, Eddie Calvo, will lead a delegation to Taiwan Wednesday to seek business opportunities and enhance trade and economic cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

A presentation will be held April 19 to brief Taiwanese manufacturers and businesses seeking partnerships with operators in Guam, the ministry said.

The governor, who last visited Taiwan in 2007 as the deputy speaker of Guam's legislature, will call on President Ma Ying-jeou, the Legislative Yuan, the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Taipei City government during his four-day visit.

The ministry said Taiwan and Guam have maintained close ties, evidenced by the long-standing sister city relationship between Taipei and Guam, and the increasing number of Taiwanese visitors to the country.

Travel to the U.S. territory was boosted by the inclusion of Taiwan in its visa-waiver program in 2009, which allows Taiwanese nationals to stay in Guam visa-free for up to 45 days, the ministry added.

Thanks to the program and direct flights from Taipei to Guam, the number of Taiwanese travelers to Guam last year increased over 40 percent to 45,000, which demonstrates increasing interest among Taiwanese in traveling to the island, according to the ministry.

In 2010, bilateral trade amounted to nearly US$40 million, which increased by 12.5 percent to top US$45 million in 2011, the ministry said.

(By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Scully Hsiao)