Kaohsiung mayor addresses global cities forum

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (??) said Tuesday at the opening of the Global Harbor Cities Forum that she hopes participating cities will find new opportunities for city development through discussions at the forum.

Some 44 cities in 24 countries around the world have sent representatives to the three-day forum hosted by the southern port city, but five Chinese cities that were invited did not attend.

Chen said that amid the current wave of globalization, harbor cities are facing new challenges, as well as new opportunities, and that she hopes they can come up with solutions to the problems and tap the new opportunities through exchanges of views at the forum.

She also delineated the evolution of Kaohsiung Habor since the 17th century and how the city has been developed into a hub of chemical-related industries.

Facing the serious air and water pollution, and other safety problems resulting from the development of the chemical industry in the city, Chen said Kaohsiung has been aggressively promoting green energy to help protect the environment and improve air quality, while continuing to push economic and trade development.

The efforts have borne fruit, as the Love River in Kaohsiung has been completely cleaned up, she added.

Chen said she hopes that the various city representatives will share their experiences in city governance in the areas of environmental protection, transportation and harbor renewal at the forum.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel