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Government wants Volkswagen plant in southern Taiwan: official

Government wants Volkswagen plant in southern Taiwan: official

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Wednesday that it would like to see Volkswagen set up a plant in southern Taiwan, an economics official said Wednesday. Shen Wei-cheng, chief of the ministry's Metal and Mechanical Industries Division, said the German car manufacturer has wanted to set up a plant in Taiwan for some time and has inquired about investment incentives. Company executives came to Taiwan in February and called on Minister Without Portfolio Yang Chiu-hsing and Vice President Wu Den-yih, both of whom introduced to them Taiwan's feature industries in southern Taiwan, including China Steel, the petrochemical sector, and the screw and fastener industries, according to Shen. He noted that southern Taiwan has a competitive edge and said the government will be happy should Volkswagen decide to set up a plant there. Shen made the remarks at a news conference called by opposition Democratic Progressive lawmakers Chiu Chih-wei and Hsu Chih-chieh, in which they questioned if the central government is tilting toward persuading Volkswagen to set up the plant in New Taipei in northern Taiwan rather than in the south. Chiu noted that the Kaohsiung city government has been active in soliciting Volkswagen's investment in the city and said the city is studying the possibility of offering a piece of land in Gangshan District, along with several other investment incentives. Hsu accused the government of making northern Taiwan the subject of its long-term development focus, to the detriment of the southern part of the country. (By Tseng Ying-yu and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-01-22 19:01 GMT+08:00