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Kaohsiung City seeking to host Asia Pacific Cities Summit: deputy mayor

PRESENTATION Cheng Wen-lon left for Brisbane yesterday in the hopes of attracting some foreign entrepreneurs to launch businesses in Kaohsiung

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

The Kaohsiung City Government will seek the right to host the 2009 Asia Pacific Cities Summit, Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Cheng Wen-lon (鄭文隆) said.

Cheng said he will bid for the right on behalf of the city government when he attends this year's Asia Pacific Cities Summit to be held in the Australian city of Brisbane tomorrow through Monday.

Cheng headed for Brisbane yesterday as the head of a 21-member delegation composed of Kaohsiung city officials in charge of construction, urban development, manpower resources development, cultural, media and information affairs.

Cheng said Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) has expressed a strong interest in securing the right to host the 2009 summit to enhance the city's international profile.

The delegation will also use the event to give a presentation introducing Kaohsiung's general investment climate in the hopes of attracting foreign entrepreneurs willing to launch new businesses in the city, he said.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) also left last night for Brisbane to attend the summit.

Hau will deliver a briefing at the event about Taipei's plans and perspective regarding its development as a waterfront city, the Taipei City Government said.

After concluding his visit to Brisbane, Hau will travel to Singapore to inspect the city-state's Hyflux Water Processing Plant and Biopolis, a research and development center for biomedical sciences and other sites.

Hau is scheduled to return home next Friday.

The Brisbane APCS, the sixth of its kind, is expected to draw the participation of 1,000 government officials and enterprise leaders from more than 100 cities in 49 member countries, who will take part in discussions surrounding the event's theme this year -- renewing Asia-Pacific cities -- according to the summit host, the Brisbane city council.

The APCS was founded to foster city partnerships and encourage the sharing of information and ideas between local governments, technical experts and businesses within the Asia-Pacific region.

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