Sun, Jul 10, 2016 - Page 3 News List

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je departs for Singapore forum

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday departed on a trip to Singapore, where he is to meet with foreign dignitaries at the biennial World Cities Summit and Mayors Forum, and to promote the Summer Universiade to be hosted by Taipei in August next year.

Ko yesterday said via Twitter that the topic of the summit, “Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Innovative Cities of Opportunity,” would focus on challenges cities face as they strive to become more liveable and sustainable, and what policies mayors around the world have implemented to improve residents’ quality of life.

The Taipei City Government said Ko is attending the summit and the forum at the invitation of summit chairman Khoo Teng Chye.

Ko is to deliver a speech today about Taipei’s innovative policies and their results, the city government said, adding that Ko is scheduled to attend a post-summit banquet tonight at the Sands Grand Ballroom with Singaporean President Tony Tan (陳慶炎) and other officials.

Ko would also use the opportunity to promote next year’s Universiade in Taipei to the many mayors and foreign dignitaries gathered in Singapore, the Taipei City Government said.

He is to meet with mayors and officials of four of Taipei’s sister cities — Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Yokohama Deputy Mayor Toshihide Hirahara, Panama City Urban Planning Director Manuel Trute and Malaysian Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Chairman Chow Kon Yeow (曹觀友) — tomorrow before returning to Taiwan the same day, it said.

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