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NT$500 bil. to be invested in aerotropolis

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said yesterday that the government is aiming to have NT$500 billion invested in the Taoyuan Aerotropolis, adding that the project is expected to generate an output value of NT$2.3 trillion and create 300,000 jobs in Greater Taipei.

The premier made the comments at an event marking the official formation of the Taiwan Intelligent Aerotropolis Association (台灣智慧航空城產業聯盟) which is chaired by Chunghwa Telecom chief Lee Yen-sung (李炎松). Industrial Technology Research Institute President Shyu Jyuo-min (徐爵民) was appointed as deputy chief of the association.

The event was also attended by Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時), Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源), Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍), Taoyuan Magistrate John Wu (吳志揚) and others.

The head of Chunghwa Telecom said that preparatory work for the association's formation lasted only two months, and within those two months, 70 domestic and foreign have joined up, including Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信), China Airlines (華航), EVA Air (長榮航), D-Link Corporation (友訊), Delta Electronics (台達電), Mega Holdings (兆豐金), Marketech International Corp. (帆宣), HTC Corporation (宏達電), Inventec Corporation (英業達), PROMISE Technology (喬鼎), HwaCom Systems (華電網), Lion Travel (雄獅), Farglory Group (遠雄), Cathay United Bank (國泰世華銀行), Microsoft Taiwan (台灣微軟), Taiwan Smart Card Corporation (臺灣智慧卡), Fujitsu Taiwan (台灣富士通) and Hewlett Packard (惠普).


The premier said that the aerotropolis project is key to Taoyuan's transformation, adding that the project is also closely related to the planned Free Economic Pilot Zones (FEPZs).

The government is currently drawing up a draft for the FEPZs, which will in turn be key to Taiwan's transformation, the premier said, adding that easing regulations on the movement of people, goods and capital within in the zones will be some of the focal points.

If the FEPZs can be successfully established, Taiwan's high-end service industry will be greatly enhanced, Jiang said.

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