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Elections 2006: DPP's Chen Chu outlines vision of a brighter future

DOUBLE STRATEGY The Kaohsiung mayoral candidate has promised to focus on the economy and environment if she is elected tomorrow

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Chen Chu (陳菊) has outlined two major plans in her campaign to boost the development of the city through the execution of the "Kaohsiung Manhattan Plan" and the "Green Diamond Project."

The former deals with the economic development of the city while the concern of the latter is to make the city environmentally friendly.

Chen's "Kaohsiung Manhattan Plan" aims to foster logistics in the port's container centers, in order to lure more service industry companies that create more added value to the area.

In her platform white book titled Chen Chu's Visions for Kaohsiung, she envisioned that in the next decade, Kaoshiung City would transform into a city of commerce and function as the gateway of the "Southern Taiwan Economic Living Circle" -- by which she meant an economic entity consisting of Kaohsiung City and County and Pingtung County.

During the transformation, she would like to provide training programs for workers in traditional industries so that they can serve as "industry consultants" for service industries in the future.

"The best social welfare policy is offering employment opportunities," Chen said. "Labor policies are not only labor policies but also social welfare policies and industrial policies."

Her Manhattan plan and the city's hosting of the World Games in 2009 would offer great opportunities to develop Kaohsiung's service industries, particularly tourism, she said.

Her ultimate goal, as she outlined in her campaign literature, is to improve the quality of life for Kaohsiung residents and this is where the "Green Diamond Project" fits in.

"The city government should enrich its resident's lives and not only let tourists fall in love with Kaohsiung but lets visitors from other areas reluctant to leave the city and finally stay in Kaohsiung," she said.

The basic idea of the project is to "build an ecological city of water and greenness."

She campaigned to develop the Lotus Lake, the Neiweipi Cultural Park -- where the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts is -- and the Chouchai Wetland into a green wetland corridor and promised that by 2016, the average green space each citizen enjoys will increase from 4.54m2 to 10m2.

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