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Wyoming state governor to open new trade office in Taipei

2018/09/30 22:06:22

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and U.S. State of Wyoming Governor Matt Mead (left) / CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) Wyoming State Governor Matt Mead arrived in Taiwan Sunday on a six-day visit to preside over the opening of a Wyoming trade office and take part in various business-related exchanges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement.

The ribbon-cutting, scheduled to take place Wednesday, will be followed by a reception to celebrate the opening of Wyoming's Asia-Pacific trade office based in Taipei, according to the ministry.

During his stay, Mead will also attend the 2018 U.S.-Taiwan Business Day in Taipei Thursday, and meet with government officials and businesses representatives to strengthen exchanges in trade, energy and agriculture, MOFA said.

It is the third time Mead came to Taiwan for a visit since he assumed office as Wyoming governor in 2011.

According to the California Chamber of Commerce website, the upcoming U.S.-Taiwan Business Day will serve to help both the U.S. and Taiwan businesses tap into each other's global supply chain.

Taiwan has maintained close economic and trade relations with Wyoming, MOFA said, noting that Taiwan is now the sixth largest export market of the U.S. state in Asia.

The ministry expressed hope that with Mead's visit, friendly ties between Taiwan and Wyoming State will be further reinforced.

(By Elaine Hou and William Yen)