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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

DIPLOMACY

Former Italian PM arrives

Former Italian prime minister and lifetime Senator Mario Monti yesterday arrived in Taiwan on a three-day visit to promote bilateral exchanges. Monti, who serves as rector and president of the Milan-based Bocconi University, is accompanied by his wife and is to meet President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin (林永樂) and other senior government officials, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. Monti is also to visit the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation, a semi-official organization set up by the government to handle technical or business exchanges with China, the ministry said. The visit is aimed at promoting exchanges and cooperation between Taiwan and Italy in economic, commercial and cultural areas, the ministry said. Monti, an economist who served as prime minister from 2011 to 2013, gave a lecture at National Chengchi University in Taipei, a sister institution to Bocconi University.

TRAFFIC

City mulls headlight idea

Motorists are to be asked to turn on their headlights whenever they drive on Kaohsiung roads, including during the day, in a bid to reduce traffic accidents, a city official said yesterday. Kaohsiung Transportation Bureau director general Chen Ching-fu (陳勁甫) said the bureau is striving to cut the death rate from traffic accidents by 4 percent, adding that the city would take initiatives on several fronts, including through a public-awareness campaign. Chen said statistics show that headlights help cut daytime collisions by at least 5.9 percent. The city government is to take the lead in the campaign, pushing for city vehicles to have their headlights on at all times, while taxis and motorists will be asked to follow suit, Chen said.

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