Regional Cities Summit to eye economic alliance
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- The 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit to be held in Kaohsiung next month will focus on building an economic development alliance between cities and enterprises in the region, the organizer said Wednesday.
August 15, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
“It is a platform for attendees to communicate and exchange their viewpoints and knowledge regarding business growth, investment and economic outcomes,” the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taiwan's main trade promotion body, said in a statement.
The biennial summit is not only a leading platform for regional issues, but also a generator of market cooperation between local governments and the private sector, the council said.
In more recent years, it has been used by global businesses as a springboard to enter the Asia-Pacific region's growing markets, the council said.
During the three-day event that opens on Sept. 9, TAITRA will host business matching meetings to encourage such business development.
A total of 70 cities from across five continents have confirmed they will attend this year's summit, with Cairo, Amman, Katmandu and Suva represented at the event for the first time.
The Asia Pacific Cities Summit was initiated by Brisbane in 1996 to promote exchanges and friendship between cities in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as cooperation among them in the economic and trade sectors.
The event has been held in Brisbane, Seattle, Chongqing, China, and Incheon, South Korea.