Governor Gianforte officially opens Montana Asia trade office in Taiwan

Governor’s office

HELENA, Mont. – In a ceremony this afternoon at the State Capitol, Governor Greg Gianforte officially opened the Montana Asia Trade Office in Taipei, Taiwan, alongside General Manager Daniel Chen of the Economic Office and culture from Seattle to Taiwan.

“One of our greatest sources of pride as Montanans is the world-class produce grown, raised or made here in Treasure State, and we are fortunate to have a business partner and friend to Taiwan which recognizes the superior quality of our products. “Gov. Gianforte said.” By re-establishing our physical presence in Taipei, our producers and manufacturers will have even greater access to this important market, opening up new opportunities for Montanais and the people of Taiwan. “

Governor Gianforte welcomes Director General Chen and members of the Taiwanese delegation to the governor’s office before the ceremony in the rotunda of the State Capitol.

Located in the heart of Taipei, the Montana Asia Trade Office is re-establishing Montana’s presence in Taiwan to develop and expand trade in a region critical to the state.

In 2019 and 2020, Taiwan purchased more than $ 175 million worth of products from Montana, making it one of Montana’s largest trading partners. The Montana Wheat and Barley Committee recently estimated that over 70 percent of Montana’s wheat goes to Pacific Rim markets.

“We are meeting here today to pave the way for the search for more exports and market share for the Montanais. And now is the perfect time to organize access to the Montana market for the post-pandemic era ”, said general manager Daniel Chen. “I am proud to tell everyone here today that the friendships and partnerships will continue for decades and decades.”

First opened in 1988, the recently reopened Montana Asia Trade Office will focus on generating new business opportunities for Montana and expanding sales and investments in the wheat, pulses, machinery, education, optics, coal and pharmaceuticals.

“As we continue to implement the Montana Governor’s Return Plan, we are focused on building relationships that will grow our economy and create greater opportunities for Montana businesses.” Trade manager Scott Osterman said. “Commerce is delighted to be managing the Taiwan Trade Office and looks forward to the opportunities and relationships that this office will help create with one of our largest exchanges in a critical region. “

Mei Mei Wang, who headed the state office in Taiwan before its abrupt closure in 2012, will be the official representative of Montana Asia’s trade office in Taipei.

US Senator Steve Daines, Representative Matt Rosendale and Senator Jon Tester expressed their support for the new trade office:

“Agriculture is Montana’s main economic engine, and in Montana we produce some of the best beef, wheat, barley and other commodities in the world. I applaud the work of Governor Gianforte in creating this new Taiwan Trade Office which will strengthen the partnerships that our farmers and ranchers have with the Taiwanese. I look forward to this new office opening even more doors and new markets for Montana ag ”, Senator Steve said Daines.

“I am happy to see Montana reopen its Taiwanese trade office after its sudden closure in 2012. Taiwan and Montana have enjoyed a positive trading relationship for years now,” Said Representative Rosendale. “The return of this office will further help Montana farmers and ranchers ensure their products come to market more efficiently, while allowing Montana to benefit from Taiwan’s electronics exports. Governor Gianforte and the Montana Department of Commerce deserve a lot of credit for the excellent work they have done in facilitating the return to office.

“I am grateful to General Chen and the people of Taiwan for working with Montana to reinvigorate our business partnership,” Senator Tester said. “Montana grows some of the best agricultural products in the world and Taiwan produces some of its most advanced technologies. We’re both better off when we work together, and I’m excited to see what this relationship will bring to the Treasure State.

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