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Taipei mayor receives warm welcome in Warsaw

2018/02/02 13:51:08

Warsaw, Poland, Feb. 1 (CNA) A delegation headed by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) received a warm welcome on arriving in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday.

Ko met with his Warsaw counterpart -- Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz -- enjoying a visit to city hall in the Polish capital.

Ko's delegation, which also includes Lin Chung-chieh (林崇傑), director of Taipei City's Department of Economic Development and Lin Jou-min (林洲民), head of the city's Department of Urban Development, took part in closed-door discussions with Gronkiewicz-Waltz and her team.

The discussions, in which the two sides exchanged views on the development of the two cities, lasted for almost 30 minutes.

Ko is the first Taipei mayor to visit Warsaw since the two cities became sister cities in 1995.

Gronkiewicz-Waltz is a well-known politician in Poland. Before being elected as Warsaw mayor in 2006, she was president of the National Bank of Poland, the central bank of the East European county and vice president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Gronkiewicz-Waltz is currently serving her third term as mayor of Warsaw.

Speaking with the press after meeting with Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Ko said Poland is growing at a fast pace economically and he expects it to become a springboard for Taiwanese investors with an eye on the European market.

During his stay in the capital city, Ko also surveyed how Warsaw enforces citywide security and manages risk, to better understand how the city maintains order through the wide use of surveillance cameras.

On Friday, Ko is set to visit Gdansk, a port city on the Baltic Sea, where he will meet with former Polish President Lech Walesa.

Poland is the third leg of Ko's current tour of Europe and Eurasia that already took him to the Netherlands and Belgium. He will visit Turkey before concluding his trip on Feb. 6.

The trip has been arranged to learn more about urban renewal, the circular economy, smart cities and shared transportation in major cities.

On Wednesday, Ko addressed the European Parliament in Brussels, touting Taipei's values.

The mayor said Taipei's acceptance of different cultures and ideas is its defining value, incorporating progressive Western ideals into Chinese society.

(By Lin Yu-li and Frances Huang)
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