ECCT holds first meet­ing with Taipei Mayor Ko

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Euro­pean Cham­ber of Com­merce Tai­wan ( ECCT) hosted its an­nual round­table lunch with the Taipei mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment on Mon­day, mark­ing its first meet­ing with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, who took of­fice in De­cem­ber 2014.

The event held on Mon­day at­tracted around 150 guests, in­clud­ing Ko, Deputy Taipei May­ors Lin Chin­rong and Chou Li-fang, and 12 other se­nior of­fi­cials from the gov­ern­ment, 11 ECCT board di­rec­tors, su­per­vi­sors and many com­mit­tee co-chairs, the cham­ber said in a state­ment.

ECCT Chair­man Bernd Barkey noted that while this was the ECCT’s first of­fi­cial event with Ko that was open to ECCT mem­bers, the an­nual ECCT round­table lunch with Taipei is a tra­di­tion that goes back more than 15 years.

In an­swer to a ques­tion about traf­fic safety, Ko said the city has adopted a sci­en­tif­i­cally based ap­proach to ad­dress­ing the city’s two traf­fic pri­or­i­ties: en­sur­ing safety and ef­fi­ciency.

For ex­am­ple, the city has used sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis to de­ter­mine which traf­fic in­ter­sec­tions are the most dan­ger­ous based on the num­ber of traf­fic ac­ci­dents and which are the most con­gested and has taken ac­tion to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion in these trou­ble spots, Ko said.

On a ques­tion about the fre­quency of meet­ings held by the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­mit­tee of Taipei City Hos­pi­tal, city of­fi­cials said they plan to in­crease the fre­quency to four meet­ings per year, in line with the ECCT’s sug­ges­tion.

With over US$33 bil­lion in di­rect for­eign in­vest­ment, Euro­pean busi­ness re­mains the largest group of for­eign in­vestors in Tai­wan.

Through a net­work of 28 in­dus­try and sup­port com­mit­tees, the ECCT ad­dresses spe­cific con­cerns and pro­vides rec­om­men­da­tions to the gov­ern­ment to im­prove the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

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