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Mayor Ko Attended the German Business Luncheon

Executive Director Axel Limberg from AHK and Dr. Thomas Prinz from German Institute Taipei exchange gifts with Mayor Ko
On May 7, 2021, Mayor Ko Wen-je, along with Commissioner Lin Chung-chieh (of the Department of Economic Development), Commissioner Tom Chou (of the Department of Civil Servant Development), Chief Executive Officer Gordon Yang (of the International Affairs Advisory Council), and Deputy Commissioner Chang Tzu-jung (of the Department of Transportation) attended the luncheon hosted by the German Trade office and German Institute Taipei. During the luncheon, the participants engaged in exchanging opinions with the German business representatives.

German business representatives explained to Mayor Ko the reasons why they had chosen Taipei as a place to set up their headquarters and their future plans in this city. Additionally, the representatives from the Taipei City Government exchanged and discussed ideas with the business representatives during the luncheon. After the meal, Mayor Ko introduced Taipei’s competitive industries and ongoing municipal plans. He also stated that according to a 2019 survey conducted by InterNations, the world’s largest website for expatriates, Taipei ranked No. 1 among cities worldwide as the most suitable city for foreigners to live in. Furthermore, Taiwan was quite successful in epidemic prevention in 2020. Instead of enforcing strict measures such as city lockdown, the government tried to advocate the importance of wearing face masks and maintaining personal hygiene to minimize the interference of the society. Thus, Taiwan’s GDP grew by 3.11% in 2020 amidst global economic downturns.

Mayor Ko noted that digital transformation is essential for all industries to successfully adapt to the new normal in the post-pandemic era, and shared with the event participants the Digital Transformation White Paper published by the Taipei City Government in 2021. The white paper may serve as a reference to all relevant units in the future.