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Chen Chu calls on ECC to establish a Kaohsiung office

Staff Writer, with CNA

Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) yesterday urged the European Chamber of Commerce (ECC) to set up an office in her city to enhance trade and economic exchanges between southern Taiwan and European enterprises.

Chen introduced the idea while receiving an ECC delegation that was visiting Greater Kaohsiung to learn about the municipality’s industrial development policy, investment environment and business opportunities.

Chen touted potential synergies as Greater Kaohsiung seeks to develop its tourism, green energy, creative and agriculture industries.

“Since many European businesses lead the world in these fields, we believe there is a big potential for cooperation between us,” Chen said.

Chen said doing business between the two sides was made easier after the EU granted Taiwanese visa-free privileges in January.

The mayor said that Greater Kaohsiung offers highly efficient, productive and relatively low-cost labor. Its consumer prices are stable and land, rent and housing prices are far lower than in Taipei, she added.

EEC president Chris James, who led the delegation, said that Greater Kaohsiung offers a wide range of economic activities spanning manufacturing, refineries, shipbuilding and agriculture.

A lot of the chamber’s members have shown keen interest in business opportunities in Kaohsiung, James said.

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