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Chen Chu says Kaohsiung City ready for Games

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) said yesterday that the city was fully prepared to host the World Games.

During a briefing to the Kaohsiung City Council, Chen said the city had taken measures to make the city greener, repair roads and improve air quality in preparation for the event.

Measurements showed the city’s air quality had steadily improved in the past few years, Chen said, adding that this was the result of the city government’s push for environmental sustainability.

Meanwhile, she said city government officials had repeatedly traveled to Japan and the US to promote the Games, she said.

The Games will be held between July 16 and July 26.

The city government has spent about NT$1 billion (US$29.5 million) preparing for the Games.

In related news, Chen said the city government would promote yacht manufacturing in the city’s South Star area (南星計劃區) near Kaohsiung Harbor.

The plan is expected to attract NT$5 billion in investment and create 3,000 jobs, she said.

On the city government’s efforts to lower unemployment, Chen said city initiatives had created 2,734 jobs as of the end of last year. The city had also organized 108 job fairs and helped 3,441 people find jobs.

The city government has also launched a number of projects to loan money to medium and small enterprises in Kaohsiung, she said.

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