First agricultural delegation led by USDA lands in Taiwan for trade opportunities

Members of the Republican National Committee also arrived in Taiwan on April 22

(Source: CNA/ File photo)

(Source: CNA/ File photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A delegation representing 49 U.S. agricultural businesses and farm organizations arrived in Taipei on Monday (April 22) for a four-day visit, marking the first trade mission to Taiwan led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Taiwan and the United States have a long-standing and favorable business relationship,” said Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator, Ken Isley.

“Taiwan is an import-dependent economy and has a real affinity for U.S. ag products because of their quality, affordability, and safety. What that adds up to is excellent opportunities for American exporters,” he said.

The delegation will engage in meetings with local business representatives, in-depth briefings, and site visits to enterprises or farms, “learning about the intricacies of the Taiwan market and positioning themselves for successful business dealings,” said AIT.

This visit is part of the American Institute in Taiwan’s (AIT) yearlong campaign to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the U.S.’ Taiwan Relations Act, according to AIT.

In addition, a delegation from the Republican Party arrived in Taiwan on Monday.

The delegation, led by Tommy Hicks, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, will visit a number of ministries and government officials during its stay until Friday (April 26), said Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday.