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Taiwan business leaders talk economic partnerships at the site of the proposed Cairo port project

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State Senator Dale Fowler, LEFT, and Johnson Chiang RIGHT, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office at Cairo's Magnolia Manor on Tuesday November 2, 2021.

Even before the first shovel hits the ground on the new Cairo Port project, the beginnings of a new economic partnership between Taiwan and Illinois has been established. Johnson Chiang, Director General with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, says trade between his country and the United States is already strong, and he looks forward to greater economic benefits once the new port is up and running.

"We are key trading partners with the US. So we share common values, common interests, so it's good to see that we have more opportunities to participate in infrastructure projects like Cairo, right here."

The consultant hired to design the shipping port says groundbreaking should happen a year from now, with operations beginning in late 2024

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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