By: Su Phelps and Megan Way | Photos by: Su Phelps and Lawrence Oravetz
On Dec 15th, 2018 the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North America (TCCNA) held their 31st TCCNA Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Owner/Publisher of Veterans Reporter News, Su Phelps, as a member of TCCNA attended this conference. TCCNA wishes to promote the relationship between Taiwan and North America through events like their conferences. All attendees were also invited to a one-day tour of Phoenix City, a day prior before the conference. The tour took attendees to the Chess City Government Building, the Cultural Heritage Plaza and the Heard Museum to learn about the Indians in the southwestern United States. Kids from Lincoln Elementary School in Nogales, Arizona, sang Christmas carols to everyone at the museum.
TCCNA is a non-profit industrial and commercial organization. Their objectives are to:
1. Promote economic and trade exchanges and cooperation between members and the North American business community.
2. Promote networking and friendship between members.
3. Promote the establishment of professional and professional image of members in North American society.
4. Promote mutual investment and trade exchanges between members and Taiwan’s economic, trade departments, industrial and commercial enterprises.
At the conference many Arizona politicians including Congressman Paul Gosar, Congressman Ruben Gallego, and Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee attended and spoke at the conference. Congressman Paul Gosar spoke about the importance of Taiwan’s and the US’s relationship.
“Hello and good morning. Let me start by saying thank you to Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North America. For giving me an opportunity to speak to you this morning. Now I am truly grateful because your organizations are fundamental to the way our two countries work together…
…By shared values that actually give rise to a close partnership and trade, tourism, and cultural exchanges that been open in our countries. And one of the most important aspects of our partnership with Taiwan is trade. As Taiwan remains as one of the US’s largest trade partners in the world. But this relationship is not built on just economic necessity, it also involves social security and peace.
Now the friendship with the United States and Taiwan is enduring indeed. Our bonds will continue to grow and the world will be a better place because of it.”
A message from Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey was read aloud and awarded to the President of TCCNA at the conference,
“State of Arizona, Office of the Governor, Greetings, As Governor of the State of Arizona I am pleased to welcome you to the 31st Annual Taiwanese Chambers of Commence of North America Board of Directors Meeting and Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Arizona is proud to be a state welcoming to businesses and owners from throughout the world as well as North America and has developed a reputation as a top state for business innovation, entrepreneurship, and start-ups. Arizona has a long-standing history and relationship with Taiwanese and Taiwanese Americans and the businesses that they start, locate and expand in the state. They are important contributors to the growth of Arizona.
Further, Taiwan is an important international trading partner with the state as well as a sister state to the state of Arizona. The North American economy benefits from the formation– development and growth of Taiwanese businesses. The Taiwanese Chambers of Commence throughout North America are committed for its efforts advocating for and advancing its members of businesses both domestically and internationally I would like to acknowledge and thank Cindy Michelle Chang President of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Great Phoenix for hosting in Arizona this TCCNA meeting and conference.
I hope each of you will have some time to enjoy Arizona’s scenic and cultural attractions. Including the Grand Canyon in Sedona in the North, American Indian Culture in the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and Mission San Xavier del Bac a historic Spanish catholic mission in the Tucson area. Best wishes for a successful meeting and conference I am Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona.”