Taipei, May 15 (CNA) A ground-breaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the Taichung Software Park in central Taiwan, a national construction project promoted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
The project "is a manifestation of President Ma Ying-jeou's insistenceon the promotion of local construction," said Vice President-elect WuDen-yih in his address during the ceremony at the site of the industrialpark.
Wu said he hopes the park will help promote innovation and efficiency and create more jobs in Taiwan.
Economics Minister Shih Yen-shiang said at the groundbreaking that the project is part of a "golden software park triangle" that includes the Nangang Software Park in Taipei and the Kaohsiung Software Park.
Spread over 4.96 hectares, the Taichung park will host a cluster of industries such as data services, digital content, cloud computing, and Chinese-language electric commerce services, as well as a culture and innovation sector, according to MOEA's plan.
When completed, the park is expected to create more than 5,000 jobs and an annual production value of NT$15 billion (US$508 million).
The public facilities at the park will be completed by the end of August 2013, according to the ministry.
The groundbreaking ceremony was also attended by Taichung Deputy Mayor Hsiao Chia-chi and several lawmakers.
(By Sophia Chen and Elizabeth Hsu)