Grimes prepares to visit Taiwan on weeklong economic development trip

06/02/2017 01:32 PM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will visit Asia next week on an international trade mission to Taiwan with a delegation from the United States.

Grimes, a Democrat, is one of four secretaries of state participating in a trip that the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is coordinating and funding, according to a news release. This is the second trip to Taiwan for Grimes, who is in her second term in the office.

“I am proud of the relationships we have built with companies operating in Taiwan and with government officials there. During my second visit to Taiwan, I will continue to spread the word about why doing business in Kentucky is prudent and encouraging investment in the Commonwealth,” Grimes said in a statement.

According to her office, Grimes has met “numerous times with TECRO officials during their visits to the Commonwealth. Among the visits with the officials, Grimes worked to make Kentucky the 21st U.S. state with a reciprocal driver’s license agreement with Taiwan.

During her trip, Grimes is expected to meet with several of the Kentucky companies with offices in Taiwan, including Ashland, Inc., Sunspring America, Inc., and Taihu Brewing. She will also meet with representatives of the Asian Pacific Council of American Chambers. Other corporations with a Kentucky-Taiwan presence include Brown-Forman and Conntek Integrated Solutions in Louisville, according to a news release.

Taiwan is the commonwealth’s 6th largest export market in Asia with more than $147 million exports in 2015, and $220 million in 2014.

“Taiwan has been one of Kentucky’s important partners on the international stage. I look forward to helping foster growth of our partnership and seeking more mutually beneficial trading relationships within Taiwan,” Grimes said.

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