Utah and Honduras events mark friendly relations with Taiwan
Taiwan recently marked the 35th anniversary of its sisterhood relationship with the U.S. state of Utah, while a ceremony has been co-hosted in Honduras to present scholarships provided by Taipei for Honduran students.
Taipei’s representative office in San Francisco organized a “Taiwan Night” in Salt Lake City on Aug. 4 to celebrate the sisterhood ties with Utah, the Central News Agency said.
The event was hosted by Joseph Ma, director of Taipei’s representative office in San Francisco. More than 160 guests were in attendance.
Ma noted that exports from Utah to Taiwan amounted to US$6.8 billion in 2014, making Taiwan the third-largest market in Asia for Utah’s exports and the sixth-largest in the world.
Derek Miller, president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, said during the event that the latest trade figures unveiled in July 2015 showed that Taiwan is one of the top-five trade partners of Utah worldwide. It shows the close relationships between Taiwan and Utah, he said.
In Honduras, the country’s first lady, Ana Garcia de Hernandez and Joseph Kuo, Taiwan’s ambassador to the country, jointly hosted a ceremony to present Taiwansponsored scholarships for Honduran students on Aug. 5, the CNA reported. A total of 40 students received the scholarships.
Kuo noted that since 2005 over 300 Honduran students have received Taiwan-sponsored scholarships for studying in Taiwan, and currently 132 Honduran students are studying in Taiwan’s colleges, universities and military academies.
Taiwan and Utah mark the 35th anniversary of establishing sisterhood ties, during a ceremony in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 4.