The Kaohsiung City Government yesterday expressed regret over the Kaohsiung County Government’s decision to dismiss the county’s Industrial and Commerce Development and Investment Promotion Committee ahead of the upcoming merger of the city and county.
Liu Hsin-cheng (劉馨正), the director-general of the city’s Bureau of Economic Development, praised the contributions of the semi--official committee, saying that it had served as a platform to facilitate communication between the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the county government.
The committee had also offered investment advice and consultation to small and medium-sized companies in the county and played an important role in helping the county government attract foreign investment, Liu said.
Liu urged the county government to reconsider its decision to dissolve the advisory committee, adding that the city government was looking forward to improving the economy of Greater Kaohsiung with the help of the committee after the merger.
The city and the county are set to be merged into one special municipality on Dec. 25. After the merger, Greater Kaohsiung will become the nation’s second-largest administrative district.
The committee, now headed by Kaohsiung County Commissioner Yang Chiu-hsing (楊秋興), was formed in August 1965 to improve the investment environment at a local level.
The commissioner announced earlier this month the plan to dismiss the 45-year-old committee on the grounds that the city does not have a similar organization to merge with the committee.
The move immediately drew criticism from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Greater Kaohsiung councilor-elect Chen Hui-wen (陳慧文), who called Yang “anti-business.”