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Taipei City Government Seeks to Interact More Closely with Foreign Businesses

The Taipei City Government has endeavored to seek out exchanges with the European Chamber of Commerce, Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and other foreign business institutions in Taiwan to increase their understanding of our city and enhance mutual exchanges.

Taipei City Government-European Commerce Chamber in Taiwan Roundtable Luncheon on August 24, city officials and representatives of European business interests exchanged opinions on important issues ranging from sustainability in resources to medical insurance and traffic safety, as well as continuing discussions and collaboration on how to increase the quality of life and business environment. Mayor Wen-Je Ko and 15 other officials, including Deputy Mayors Chin-Rong Lin, and Li-Fang Chou were among the 130 participants at this year’s meeting – far more than the typical attendance of about 50 in past years.

The mayor said he hopes that the results of the event could help Taipei become a top choice for international businesses to set up operations. He and city officials fielded a series of questions from the European Commerce Chamber and its members over traffic safety, plans to relocate Taipei’s Songshan Airport, communization of medical resources, establishment of financial centers, and the Taipei & Shanghai City forum. The suggestions brought up were sent to each relevant department for evaluation.

This was followed on September 22 by a luncheon meeting with the Japanese Commerce Chamber at Taipei City Hall, attended by 11 representatives of Japanese business interests and 12 Taipei officials including Mayor Ko, Deputy Mayor Lin, and Secretary-General Su Li-Chung.

City officials responded to suggestions from the Japanese representatives regarding waste water, traffic, marathon routes, medical issues, disaster prevention, tourism, disease prevention, and safety for women and children; these, too, were forwarded to the appropriate city departments for further evaluation.

These and similar events help build a platform for communication between Taipei and locally based representatives of foreign business entities, allowing the city government to better understand the work and living demands for foreign workers and to strengthen cooperation with them as it seeks to make Taipei an even more attractive place to do business.