GOVERNOR Arnold I. Palacios has returned from Taiwan, which he visited last week as part of the CNMI’s efforts to invite foreign investments, expand business opportunities, advance cooperative agreements, and diversify the Commonwealth’s tourism market.
The governor, along with a small delegation of CNMI politicians, had been invited by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Guam and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, which also funded their airfare, accommodations and travel.
In Taiwan, Palacios and CNMI engaged in multiple discussions with high-ranking government officials and prominent business leaders. These discussions focused on a wide range of topics, including investment, technology, healthcare, tourism, and environmental sustainability.
The other members of the CNMI delegation were House Speaker Edmund Villagomez, Senate Vice President Donald Manglona, Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation Chairman John Paul Sablan, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Angelo Camacho, and Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion.
The CNMI delegation’s travel to Taiwan was approved by the US State Department. Additionally, the CNMI’s position regarding Taiwan is consistent with and in support of the US position, summarized here: https://www.state.gov/us-relations-with-taiwan/
Among the agencies and organizations the CNMI delegation visited in Taiwan:
• American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei Office
• Department of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Civil Aeronautics Administration, Ministry of Transportation and Communication
• China Airlines, one of two major Taiwan airlines
• Taipower Company
• Taiwan Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Services Inc.
• Taiwan Adventist Hospital
• Overseas Engineering & Construction Company
• Hun Hong Company
• Council of Indigenous Peoples
• American State Offices Association
“Our meetings with government agencies and private sector companies opened doors for numerous opportunities for collaboration in various sectors,” Governor Palacios said. “It’s also worth noting that our discussions were not limited to economic and investment conversations, but were also extended to cultural, educational, and environmental aspects.”
In addition, the CNMI delegation participated in the Taipei International Travel Fair, which featured over 1,300 participating booths.