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Taiwanese procurement delegations visiting US

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA, WASHINGTON

Two Taiwanese trade delegations composed of agricultural and industrial representatives are arriving in Washington this week as part of their US procurement tour, officials at Taiwan's representative office in the US said on Friday.

During their stay in the US capital from Tuesday to Thursday, the delegations will call on US government officials and members of Congress and sign letters of intent or agreements for the procurement of various agricultural and industrial products, the officials said.

The agricultural delegation is expected to sign four letters of intent with the US to purchase US$3.9 billion worth of soybean, corn, wheat and beef this and next year, up US$800 million compared with the total for last year and this year, they said.

Meanwhile, the other delegation is expected to ink agreements to procure seven types of industrial products worth a total of US$127.1 million, the officials said.

Taiwan is the fifth-largest overseas market for US agricultural products, they said, adding that this would be the sixth agricultural trade delegation to visit the US.

The latest agricultural delegation, composed of 18 members led by World Vegetable Center Chairman Paul Sun (孫明賢), is scheduled to visit the US from Monday to June 16.

Other members of the delegation include representatives from the Taiwan Vegetable Oil Manufacturers' Association, Taiwan Feeds Industry Association, Taiwan Flour Mills' Association, Uni-President Enterprises Corp and Game Meat Industrial Co.

The industrial delegation, which left on May 28 and will be in the US through this Friday, is being led by Bureau of Foreign Trade Director-General Huang Chih-peng (黃志鵬). While in Washington, Huang is expected to hold round-table discussion with US business representatives to seek their support for the establishment of a Taiwan-US free trade agreement.

Other members of the 10-member delegation include executives of Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (漢翔), CPC Corp, Taiwan (台灣中油), China Steel Corp (中鋼) and Taiwan Power Co (台電).

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