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Taipei has the most competitive creative industry, survey says

Staff Writer, with CNA

Of all the cities in Taiwan, only Taipei made the top 10 in a chart showing the competitiveness of cultural and creative industries in major cities on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, a survey published on Wednesday said.

The other five Taiwanese cities included in the study, which was commissioned by the -Taiwan-based Asia-Pacific Cultural Creative Industry Association (CCIA), were New Taipei City (新北市), Greater Kaohsiung, Greater Taichung, Greater Tainan and Hsinchu.

Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzen topped the chart, the first of its kind on the overall competitiveness of cultural creative industries in individual cities.

Taipei, which ranked fifth, had the best standing among Taiwanese cities, with Greater Taichung and Greater Kaohsiung placing 11th and 12th respectively.

New Taipei City came in 15th and Tainan was 17th, with Hsinchu achieving 21st spot.

The 335-page report published by Lu Hung-te (呂鴻德), a business management professor at Chungyuan University, found that the competitiveness of Taiwan’s cultural and creative industry appeared better than in the sub-provincial cities polled in China, but it was worse than first-tier cities.

The 36 cities surveyed were evaluated in terms of the suitability of their hardware and software environments for the development of the cultural and creative industry.

In the first category, finances, infrastructure and production were considered, while the software category included support for cultural activities, creativity and development, Lu said.

Taipei placed third in terms of cultural hardware and creativity, but only ranked seventh in its support for culture.

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