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ECCT holds first meeting with Taipei mayor Ko

2015/08/25 14:22

ECCT roundtable lunch with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je. Photo courtesy of the ECCT

Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) The European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT, 歐洲商會) hosted its annual roundtable lunch with the Taipei municipal government on Monday, marking its first meeting with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who took office in December 2014.

The event held on Monday attracted around 150 guests, including Ko, Deputy Taipei Mayors Lin Chin-rong (林欽榮) and Chou Li-fang (周麗芳), 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.

(By Jeffrey Wu)ENDITEM/ls