Greater Kaohsiung to host Asia-Pacific cities meet in 2013

Staff writer, with CNA

Wed, Oct 24, 2012 - Page 3

Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) yesterday said the city plans to invite the mayors or representatives of 100 cities in the Asia-Pacific region to attend next year’s Asia-Pacific Cities Summit (APCS).

About 1,000 other government officials, academics and experts will also be invited to share their experiences, Chen said at a press conference that was also attended by Brisbane Mayor Graham Quirk.

Chen said that competition among cities is becoming more intense and competitiveness could be enhanced by learning from the experiences of other cities in the region.

Kaohsiung is willing to share its experience of transforming from an industrial city into an international metropolis, Chen said. She said she hoped the experiences of other cities would help Kaohsiung diversify its development.

Quirk, who is on his fifth visit to the city, said that given its success in hosting the 2009 World Games, he was confident it could host the APCS meet, which will be held from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11.

The biennial summit, founded by the Brisbane City Council in 1996, provides a framework for the exchange of ideas and knowledge between cities in the region.