Lt. Gov. Owen to lead trade mission to Taiwan

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Brad Owen's office announced Wednesday that he will lead a weeklong trade mission to Taiwan to sign a reciprocal driver's license agreement and promote Washington state seafood and agricultural products.

Owen will be joined by Sens. Ann Rivers, Sharon Nelson, Curtis King, Kevin Ranker, and Rep. Luis Moscoso, as well as members of the Puyallup Tribe.

The delegation, which leaves Saturday and will return June 27, is also set to meet with government officials and others.

The license agreement will allow Taiwan nationals who live in Washington state to skip the driving and written portion of the state driver's license exam if they are already licensed to drive in Taiwan. Washington residents living in Taiwan will be given the same option. Washington state has similar agreements with British Columbia, Korea and Germany.

The council members from the Puyallup Tribe will be introducing their line of seafood products, including smoked salmon and geoduck. They also will tour the U.S. Pavilion at the Food Taipei 2014 trade show promoting Washington state agricultural products.

The delegation will also take a high-speed train to Taiwan's second largest city, Kaohsiung, which is a sister city of Seattle.

Owen's office said the government of Taiwan is paying the cost of delegation's trip.