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KMT mayoral candidate pitches for ECFA zone in Kaohsiung

KMT mayoral candidate pitches for ECFA zone in Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung, July 16 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang's mayoral candidate for Kaohsiung on Friday urged the central government to set up a special zone at Kaohsiung Harbor to meet new needs following the signing of a trade pact between Taiwan and China last month.
Legislator Huang Chao-shun said that by doing so, the functionality and efficiency of Kaohsiung Harbor and Kaohsiung International Airport would be improved and industries in the southern port city would benefit.
Huang issued the call during a forum on ways to build Kaohsiung into a core city in Southeast Asia. It was the first in a series of activities under the theme of "boost the economy, save jobs." Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih, who also attended the forum, said Kaohsiung's economic downturn was due to a lack of international perspective by the city government over the past eight years.
Yeh said that the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which has ruled the city since 1998, should be held responsible for Kaohsiung's sluggish economy.
He added that in 2013 the ministry plans to set up a company headquartered at Kaohsiung Harbor to handle Taiwan's harbor affairs.
Having the headquarters in Kaohsiung will help revitalize the harbor, he said.
Meanwhile, Huang noted that Taipei is working to build itself into an air transportation hub in Northeast Asia by launching direct flights between its Songshan Airport and Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo.
Under the same formula, Kaohsiung can also transform itself into an important part of an air transportation network by establishing direct air links with Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Manila, as well as China's Pan-Pearl River Delta economic zone on the western side of the Taiwan Strait, she added.
Huang also said she hopes that the government, industry and academic sectors will jointly push for the project, which would allow flight times of less than three hours to the destinations and could make the city an operations center for foreign investors and Taiwanese businessmen in China.
(By Chang Che-fon and Y.L. Kao)




Updated : 2021-04-15 17:13 GMT+08:00