A Journey of Commerce and Trade -Modeled after Tokyo / 經貿行銷之旅─借鏡東京
The significant strategies of striving for investment from foreign enterprises and stimulating tourism, have formed over the world. After the new disease, SARS, was controlled, everyone in Taiwan has been working hard to solicit for foreign companies and people to come and to promote tourism. Therefore, Mayor Hsieh and deputations of Kaohsiung City Government visited Tokyo, Japan on September 1st to September 6th this year.
Draw into guild dog institution
On 1st of September, a group of delegates arrived in Tokyo from Taiwan, Mayor Hsieh and so on had a meeting with the delegates of Japanese Guild Dog Association, which is the largest guild dog association for handicapped in Japan, consulted relating matters. Kaohsiung City is the first city in Taiwan to propose and promote the concept of no obstacle for guild dog. Mayor Hsieh wishes to acquire the experiences from the association to offer the better living space for disabled and handicapped citizens'
Sign up "Friendship Aspiration" for tourism purpose
On September 2nd, Mayor Hsieh, the chief of Labor Affairs Bureau, Mr. Fang and the relative stuffs visited Japanese Trade Union Confederation Labor Union, which is the one of the Labor Unions in Japan. Listened to the presentation of how the relationship works between employers and employees after the bubble economy in Japan, and according to this subject to exchange each other's ideas and opinions. The promotion for traveling in Kaohsiung City was held by Economic Affairs Bureau and Kaohsiung Tourism Association. The "Friendship Aspiration" was attested by Mayor Hsieh, and it was signed by Kaohsiung Tourism Association, Japan-Taiwan tourism Commission and STC Company to show the efforts of stimulation in tourism between Taiwan and Japan.
The concept of "New Silk Road"
Mayor Hsieh leaded Kaohsiung City Commerce and Trade Tour visiting two of Japanese economic trading groups - Japan Federation of Economic Organizations and The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Okuda, the director of Federation of Economic Organizations, who is also the chairman of Toyota, is named as "business Premier". Mayor Hsieh proposed the concept of "New Silk Road", which contains the viewpoint of international division of labor, is admitted and taken into account by Japanese Finance and Economic industry. Namely, it is the point of 'Taiwan is the transfer center for international import and export from Mainland China'.
To encourage Japanese companies to come to Kaohsiung, Mayor Hsieh introduced that Kaohsiung has the best transport network in terms of navigation and marine transportation and has high competition in the world to them. Additionally, Kaohsiung export processing zone and Kaohsiung Harbor have been programmed and combined to the Free Trade Port Area to provide better environment for investors. At the same time, Kaohsiung City has promoted many favorable measures especially in accordance with Japanese companies. With all those lucrative offers, Kaohsiung City Government hopes to attract Japanese companies to come and to invest in Kaohsiung.