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Ko asks for BOT ideas

Ko asks for BOT ideas

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said Friday he wanted to hear more suggestions about how to improve the existing build-operate-transfer methods at a forum during the weekend.
Since taking office last December, the outspoken independent mayor has become embroiled in disputes with several powerful business groups and tycoons over a range of BOT projects. The Taipei Dome, the Syntrend technology project which opened to the public Friday, and the Songshan Culture and Creative Park have dominated the headlines for months.
Taiwan drew up a law to promote involvement by private enterprise in public construction, but many of its results have been legal but not fair, Ko said. The cases not only went against basic principles of fairness, but also failed to help the business environment and disappointed the public, the mayor said.
At a seminar Sunday, the city government will review the current BOT system and consider improvements which will make life more enjoyable for the citizens of Taipei, Ko reportedly said.
When an official saw a problem, he should not just go and try to solve it, but dig deeper and change the whole standard operating procedure behind its origin in order to prevent the same problem from happening again, Ko said.
Sunday’s meeting should provide ideas on how to improve Taiwan’s BOT system and change it into a producer of solutions fair to the residents of the capital, according to the mayor.
Ko said that if useful BOT projects were possible to realize overseas, the same should also be introduced to Taiwan.


Updated : 2021-09-22 05:46 GMT+08:00