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Brewer to lead trade mission to Taiwan

Gov. Jan Brewer’s salary is more than only five other governors and six other officials in Arizona. But experts said low pay relative to bureaucrats is not unusual for governors, for whom salary can be a political issue. (Cronkite News Service photo by Stephanie Snyder)

Gov. Jan Brewer (Cronkite News Service photo by Stephanie Snyder)

Gov. Jan Brewer will lead a trade mission to Taiwan to promote Arizona businesses, build trade relations and encourage tourism.

Brewer will leave on Thursday and return Sunday. The delegation will also include members of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Office of Tourism.

In a press statement announcing the trip, the Governor’s Office cited Taiwan as Arizona’s 13th largest export trade partner and the state’s seventh largest import trade partner. In 2012, Arizona exported more than $320 million worth of products and goods to Taiwan and imported $530 million from the island nation, the office said.

“We are proud to enjoy a longstanding relationship with Taiwan, and we recognize its value to our state economy. By bringing our economy comeback story and business-friendly environment directly to an international audience, we stand to greatly expand and strengthen these important ties,” Brewer said in a press statement.

The trip will be Brewer’s second international trade mission of the year. In August, she led a delegation to India. In 2011, she visited China, followed by a trip to France and Germany in 2012.

The India trip cost the state $27,831, according to records from the Governor’s Office. The Arizona Commerce Authority paid for the bulk of trip, at a cost of more than $22,600, while the Arizona Office of Tourism paid about $5,200.

 

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