|Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
|OFFICE OF THE IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 8, 2015
Pate Trumpets Trade Partnerships Following Taiwan Trip
DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate recently participated in a seven-day trip to Taiwan aimed at promoting democracy and strengthening cultural and trade relationships with Iowa's sister state. The trip was organized by the National Association of Secretaries of State and fully funded by the Taiwanese government. Paul Pate was one of six secretaries of state to participate in the trip.
During his visit to the country, Secretary Pate met with Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, as well as government officials in Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs, Environmental Protection Administration, the Central Election Commission and the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange.
"The State of Iowa has a sister-state relationship and strong economic ties with Taiwan," Secretary Pate said. "I reached out to our sister state committee and extended opportunities for the Taiwanese government and businesses to work with Iowans. We have a mutually beneficial relationship with Taiwan and I want to help maintain and expand upon that relationship."
Iowa's exports to Taiwan surpassed $146 million in 2014. The country is Iowa's sixth largest export market in Asia and 16th largest in the world. Taiwan is a major importer of U.S. agricultural goods.
"The Secretary of State's Office serves as the portal for Iowa businesses. That's why it is important for me to work with Taiwan's government and business sector. Taiwan has been a trusted friend and important trading partner for Iowa over the years," Secretary Pate said.