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Mayor Re-Inspects Huannan Market – All Modern Market Standards Must Be Implemented by the Time of Official Opening

Mayor Ko inspects Huannan Market ahead of opening Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je visited Huannan Market on the evening of December 12 and stated that the reason for inspecting the market again is because of the upcoming official opening. The NT$5.5 billion construction is a major project that he pays close attention to; the mayor emphasized that Huannan Market is slated for official opening in 2020, and by then all modern management measures must be in place at once in order to provide the citizens with a brand-new look that will, in turn, boost the popularity of Huannan Market.

Ko noted that if he only has 30 minutes to gain insight into a city, he will choose to visit the local market, the reason being that the market is like the epitome of a city, embodying the local economic conditions, cultural appearances, and the quality of the citizens. In other words, the market is the most representative infrastructure of a city. He remarked that his predecessor did not want to deal with markets because market reconstruction and communicating with the vendors are extremely complicated matters. Nonetheless, he feels that it is something that must be addressed.

The mayor pointed out that Huannan Market’s official opening is set on February 12, 2020. He has instructed the Taipei City Market Administration Office (MAO), self-governing association, and vendors to take a look at Dalong Market and Nanmen Temporary Market to see what is expected of them. It is imperative to achieve wet/dry separation, keeping litter off the ground, waste sorting, waste reduction, simplified packaging, cashless transaction, and the banning of disposable tableware.

Ko commented that when he inspected Nanmen Temporary Market last time, everything was up to the required standards with the exception of one fish vendor due to the presence of water on the ground. He believes markets in Taipei must be able to match the cleanliness of Japanese markets - this is the ultimate goal. He reiterated that the rat infestation problem must be addressed satisfactorily; since the relocation date will be postponed, all the extermination programs must be adjusted according to the new schedule, and new standards will be applied on the opening day.

The MAO also reported to Ko that water and electricity at the old Huannan Market will be discontinued on the official opening day of the new market next year, and demolition is scheduled for mid-March.

Lastly, Ko requested the MAO and self-governing association to double-check everything by applying Dalong Market and Nanmen Temporary Market as the inspection benchmark. If anything is discovered to be lacking, it is important to make a list and remedy the inadequacies immediately. He reiterated that the very first step must be done absolutely right, as there is no margin for error: for if the floor does not remain clean on opening day, all the previous efforts would be in vain. He cannot stress the importance of getting it right the first time enough, because the public must be given a brand-new impression of the market to enhance its popularity in the shortest time possible. Ko mentioned that he expects the Huannan Market to outperform Dalong Market and Nanmen Temporary Market.

During the media interview, a journalist asked Ko to comment on his thoughts regarding the market inspection, to which he replied that Huannan Market is extremely important; although Dalong Market and Nanmen Temporary Market have already been opened and are living up to Japanese market standards, the sheer number of vendors in Huannan Market (1,300) makes it a vast market, and therefore NT$5.5 billion has been invested in improving its hardware and infrastructure. With the official opening set on December 12, 2020, all the hardware must be inspected one last time before the soft opening to determine and rectify the flaws. The goal is to attain standards that are indicative of a modern market including wet/dry separation, keeping litter off the ground, waste sorting, waste reduction, simplified packaging, cashless transaction, and the banning of disposable tableware.