ECCT meets Taipei Mayor Chiang
The ECCT arranged a Premium Event lunch with Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-An (蔣萬安) and senior officials from the Taipei City Government. The annual roundtable lunch has become an annual tradition since it was first held in 1998. At the event, the mayor gave a short speech after which Chao Shih-Lung, Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology (DOIT, 資訊局 趙式隆局長) gave a presentation on Taipei’s development as a smart city. This was followed by a Q&A session with Mayor Chiang, moderated by Tim Berge, Co-chair of the ECCT’s Better Living committee. The event concluded with lunch with the mayor and city government officials, who were seated at different tables in order to receive feedback and exchange ideas with members.
In his speech, Mayor Chiang said that he welcomed feedback from the ECCT on any matter aimed at making the city more attractive and liveable. He reported that he had already held a meeting with the chamber’s Low Carbon Initiative where they agreed to collaborate on ways to reduce the city’s carbon emissions on the path towards net zero by 2050. He also said that he would take the chamber’s suggestions into consideration when devising policies for electric vehicles, as well as social issues. He noted that the city is already cooperating with five sister cities in Europe and is open to expanding its cooperation further in Europe. He concluded by saying that Taipei will be hosting a number of events for international visitors and specifically invited ECCT members to the forthcoming Smart City Expo and Summit (to be held at the end of March), which will be one of the largest events to be held in Asia.
In his presentation, Commissioner Chao spoke about using the entire city as a living lab to test and embrace innovation and utilising innovative technology to enhance government efficiency and improve the quality of life of the city’s residents.
The following officials from the Taipei City Government attended the lunch: Dr Tang Chih-Min, Commissioner, Department of Education (教育局 湯志民局長); Chen Chun-An, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development (產業發展局 陳俊安局長); Hsieh Ming-Hong, Commissioner, Department of Transportation (交通局 謝銘鴻局長); Yao Shu-Wen, Commissioner, Department of Social Welfare (社會局 姚淑文局長); Dr Chen Yen-Yuan, Commissioner, Department of health (衛生局 陳彥元局長); Wu Sheng-Chung, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection (環境保護局 吳盛忠局長); Dr Eric Yu (Chen-Hua), Chairperson of Researcher, Development, and Evaluation Commission (研究發展考核委員會 俞振華主任委員); Chao Shih-Lung, Commissioner, Department of Information Technology (資訊局 趙式隆局長); Yin Wei, Advisor to the Mayor (殷瑋顧問); Gordon Yang, Counselor for International and Mainland Affairs (楊慶輝參事); Hsu Min-Chuan, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Civil Affairs (民政局 許敏娟副局長); Chen Hui-Chi, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Labor (勞動局 陳惠琪副局長); Jian Se-Fang, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Urban Development (都市發展局 簡瑟芳副局長); Chang Hua-Chen, Director, Taipei City Public Transportation Office (公共運輸處 常華珍處長); Yu Chi-Hsuch, Director, Taipei City Construction Management Office (建築管理工程處 虞積學處長); Sandra Hsu, Consultant, Department of Education (Office of Bilingual Education, 教育局雙語辦公室 徐雅鐘教學顧問) and Chen Hai-Chin, Chief, International Affairs Division, Secretariat (秘書處國際事務組 陳海青組長).