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Secretary of State Grimes on international trade mission in Taiwan

Taiwan is Kentucky’s 6th largest export market in Asia

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2017) — Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is visiting Taiwan this week on an international trade mission to Asia with a delegation from the U.S.

imgresGrimes was one of four secretaries of state selected to participate in a trip the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is coordinating and funding. Grimes made a similar visit in 2013, making the trip her second in office.

Grimes will 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.

Taiwan is Kentucky’s 6th largest export market in Asia with more than $147 million exports in 2015. Also in 2015, Taiwan officials signed letters of intent to purchase corn and soybeans from Kentucky growers in 2016 and 2017.

Taiwan and Kentucky have been sister states since 1982 in a partnership formed by former Gov. John Y. Brown, Jr.

Grimes has met numerous times with TECRO officials during their visits to the commonwealth. Earlier this year, she worked with representatives to help make Kentucky the 21st U.S. state with a reciprocal driver’s license agreement with Taiwan, further strengthening economic relations.