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Published on : Friday, November 8, 2013
Governor Jan Brewer led a delegation of Arizona business and tourism industry leaders to Taiwan, as part of her sustained attempt to reinforce economic ties between the State of Arizona and international trade partners. “This mission further underscores my commitment to Arizona’s economic recovery, job creation, and long-term global competiveness,” said Governor Brewer.
Joining Governor Brewer on the weeklong economic development mission is a delegation of key figures in Arizona business and tourism – including leaders from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Commerce Authority, and Arizona Office of Tourism. The focus of the delegation is to recognize and promote import and export opportunities with Taiwan, boost existing trade, and government relations and highlight Arizona as a foremost location in which to invest and do business.
Governor Brewer said, “We are proud to enjoy a longstanding relationship with Taiwan, and we recognize its value to our state economy. By bringing our economic comeback story and business-friendly environment directly to an international audience, we stand to greatly expand and strengthen these important ties. This week, Taiwan will hear our message loud and clear: Arizona is open for business!”
Taiwan is Arizona’s 13th-largest export trade partner and 7th-largest import trade partner. In 2012, Arizona exported more than $320 million worth of products and goods to Taiwan, the majority including machinery, electrical equipment, and optics/medical instruments. Imports from Taiwan totaled more than $530 million in 2012. Electrical equipment, machinery and vehicle parts, and accessories are Arizona’s three largest imports from Taiwan.
Tourism will be another important focus of the governor’s delegation. As Arizona’s top export industry, tourism drove approximately 38 million global visitors to Arizona in 2012, generating about $19.3 billion to the state economy.