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Ma seeks expert views for biotech park

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday instructed the government to invite experts and opinion leaders from the private sector to form a supervisory committee that will oversee the development of a biotechnology research park in a former military zone in suburban Taipei.

Ma issued the directive during a field trip to the military factory complex in Nangang District (南港), known as the 202 Munitions Works, to learn whether the development of a planned biotech park would have a negative impact on the area, which has been described by essayist Chang Hsiao-feng (張曉風) as “Taipei’s last plot of green land.”

Armament Bureau Director Liu Fu-long (劉復龍) said Academia Sinica was given the green light in 2007 by the then-Democratic Progressive Party administration to use 25 hectares on the 185 hectare land site.

The biotech park, to be developed by Academia Sinica, however, is expected to occupy an area of only about 9.6 hectares, Liu said.

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