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Mayor Hsu attends Asia Pacific Cities Summit

Taiwan -- Mayor Hsu Tain-tsair, on the second day of his visit to Australia, attended the first day of the 2007 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS), hosted by the city of Brisbane, Australia. The Aug. 31 meeting focused on "Projects for Business Opportunities," and Mayor Hsu was invited to present a specific report.

The APCS, established in 1996, has been holding the meeting every two years, attracting thousands of representatives from more than a hundred cities in the region. This year's theme was "Renewing Asia Pacific Cities."

The summit opened with a welcoming speech delivered by Brisbane's Lord Mayor Campell Newman. Following were presentations on off-shore business and infrastructure opportunities by Brisbane and its 7 sister cities, including Kobe, Japan; Auckland, New Zealand; Shenzhen and Chongqing, China; Semarang, Indonesia; Daejeon, South Korea; and Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

In the afternoon, several cities of Asia Pacific region were able to promote their own trade and investment opportunities, including Taipei and Tainan.

Hsu promoted Tainan City through the briefing of "The Heritage and Perspective of Tainan," sharing with APCS participants that Tainan City is blessed with natural, historic, cultural and humanistic characteristics.

Tainan also possesses great conditions for high-tech, trade and investment development, including the Golden Coast blueprint, the sewage system BOT (build-operate-transfer), the Anping Harbor National Historic Park project, among others.

Under pressure of global environmental change, all cities have included sustainable development as an essential guideline. What was interesting to see in this year's summit is that globalization seems to make it so that every city shares some similarity in development direction to some extent, Hsu said. Nevertheless, he said he presented Tainan City as the Cultural Capital of Taiwan, "in a uniquely Taiwanese Style!"

The 2007 Asia Pacific Cities Summit was held in Brisbane's City Hall, a building with a bell tower in typical 19th century British architecture. The City Hall is located in the city center and was built in 1930 and given the moniker "Million-Pound Town Hall" for its grand structure and luxurious decorations.

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