President Chen Shui-bian (
El Salvador has been an important Central American ally for Taiwan. It possesses stable trade relations with the US and has supported Taiwan's bid to enter the UN for a long time.
Saca, accompanied by his wife and senior El Salvador officials, arrived in Taipei on Tuesday for a state visit. In Tainan yesterday, he and Chen attended a briefing on the science park's development and visited production lines.
Taiwan is launching a project to build a Taiwan science park in El Salvador, so the visit was helpful for the Salvadoran officials to better understand Taiwan's high-tech industry, National Science Council Deputy Minister Tai Chein (
Southern Taiwan Science Park has attracted 191 investors, provided 45,000 job opportunities and boasts an estimated yearly production value of NT$500 billion for this year, Tai said.
The two presidents also visited several high-tech companies in the park, such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電) and Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp (奇美電子).