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New Cities, New Paths: Hau Lung-bin pledges to rejuvenate capital city

‘NOT YOUNG ENOUGH’Hau Lung-bin said he would offer families subsidies and interest-free loans for new businesses to attract more young people to Taipei

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday vowed to rejuvenate the city with urban renewal projects, municipal developments and better public service in the next four years as he was sworn in in a ceremony that marked the beginning of his second term.

Taking the official seal from Vice Premier Sean Chen at Taipei City Hall, the mayor pledged to focus his second term on policies that will turn Taipei into a younger and more energetic city, including offering childbirth subsidies, zero-interest loans for startup businesses and overseas studies and affordable rental housing units.

“Taipei is a great city, but not young enough ... The policies are aimed at attracting younger people to work and live in Taipei ... I will be the mayor of all citizens and increase the city’s international competitiveness,” Hau of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) said.

In his inauguration speech, Hau promised to enhance communication with the public and make more efforts to explain municipal policies to the people.

“Communication is the most important thing I’ve learned in the past months during the election campaign. I will communicate with the public more and carry out my campaign promises,” he said.

The city government will also include issues raised by the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), who lost to Hau in the Nov. 27 mayoral election, such as planting more trees and building green boulevards in the city, in discussions for municipal developments, Hau said.

For his second term, Hau promised to complete the road surface improvement project that will make 675 major roads in the city more even and push further for the 1999 Taipei Citizen Hotline to offer 24-hour service to residents.

Taipei City

Population: 2,615,613

Area: 271.7997km2

Budget: NT$165.2 billion

Loans: NT$450.7 billion

Allocation of funds: NT$54.021 billion

Accumulated debt: NT$240.9 billion

Mayor: Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌)

Deputy mayors: William Chen (陳威仁) and Allen Chiu (邱文祥)

Secretary-general: Chen Yung-ren (陳永仁)

City Council seats: KMT: 30; DPP: 23; Others: 9


Taipei City Government: 1, Shifu Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City

Taipei City Council: 507, Renai Rd Sec 4, Xinyi District, Taipei City

He said he would also work closely with New Taipei City (新北市, the proposed English name of the upgraded Taipei County) Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) over the next four years to turn the banks along the Tamsui River (淡水河) into recreational areas and build more MRT lines connecting the two municipalities.

The 37 members of new administrative team in Taipei City were also sworn in. Representing outgoing officials in a farewell speech, former Taipei deputy mayor Lin Chien-yuan (林建元) urged all administrative officials to be able to handle criticisms while focusing the efforts on municipal developments.

“The architect who designed the pavilions at the Taipei International Flora Expo won top awards after being criticized by the press. All officials should be able to take criticisms,” he said.

About 200 guests attended the ceremony yesterday, including former KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄), New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) as well as foreign dignitaries.

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