Kaohsiung City and County Working Together for Economic Growth:
Kaohsiung City Council Welcomes the Future
By voting in the special municipality election on November 27, the 2 million plus residents of Kaohsiung City elected the first mayor, city councilors and borough chiefs for Greater Kaohsiung, which will come into existence following the merger of Kaohsiung City and County on December 25.
As the speaker of Kaohsiung City Council, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all the new councilors from districts around the city, who are now part of our extended family. In future we must strive to overcome divisions and work together to make the merger of Kaohsiung City and County as big a success as possible. That is the only way we can truly repay the faith of the electorate in voting us into this chamber.
Following the administrative reforms that underpin this merger, the number of councilors in Kaohsiung City Council will increase from 44 to 66, with 11 new electoral districts. In order to deal with this change we have reorganized seating arrangements in the council chamber to ensure our new members are as comfortable as possible.
After the merger, the Council will not only have to deal with an increase in councilors and electoral districts, it will also face a whole range of new issues and problems, including the division of financial resources, the planning of public infrastructure projects, budgetary allocations, economic development strategy etc. Only by strictly executing their supervisory responsibilities can councilors ensure the quality of the Council's work reaches the highest standard possible.
Although the passion of the election is fading, the residents of Greater Kaohsiung now face the reality of high unemployment that currently plagues our city. To this end, Kaohsiung City Council very much hopes that the city government will be more proactive in creating opportunities for business startups and work to attract more investment to Kaohsiung. For example, developing tourism and attracting more tourists will certainly help to stimulate consumption, but providing such incentives as tax reductions and exemptions would enhance the willingness of firms to build more plants locally, thereby creating more employment opportunities and directly helping to improve life for local residents.
We believe that a more efficient and forward-looking development strategy, one that refuses to be distracted by ideology but rather focuses on economics, expands exchanges and makes a name for Kaohsiung beyond Taiwan, is the best way to ensure Greater Kaohsiung realizes its full potential.