Mon, Jul 14, 2014 - Page 3 News List

MOFA to relocate office in Missouri to Denver, Colorado

Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is to relocate the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City, Missouri, to Denver, Colorado, in the first relocation of a Taiwanese representative office in the US.

An official at the ministry has confirmed that the Kansas City office will “end its periodic tasks” and move west to Denver by the end of the year.

The decision reflects the ministry’s increasingly optimistic take on the future development of Denver, which is a key communication relay station in the US, and has established close relationships with Taiwanese information and communication technology firms, ministry officials said.

The ministry has already reached a consensus on the relocation plan with the US government, the official said, adding that there are fewer than 10 foreign consulates left in Kansas City.

Late last month, the ministry hired a broker to help it lease a commercial property in downtown Denver and a residential property in the Denver area, which is expected to cost US$1.88 million for a tenancy of seven years.

Before Washington switched its diplomatic recognition from the Republic of China to the People’s Republic of China in 1979, Taiwan used to have a consulate in Kansas City. After the switch, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City was established in 1985 based on provisions in the US’ Taiwan Relations Act.

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